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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has provided a list of medical conditions that qualify for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). There are 21 main categories of medical conditions, and we’ve listed these in this article, along with explaining exactly how PIP works.
People in the UK with certain medical conditions that impact their daily lives and mobility could be eligible to claim almost £750 per month (or £172.75 per week) through PIP. This benefit financially supports those who have additional care or mobility needs as a result of a condition or disability.
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We aren't able to provide Personal Independence Payment (PIP) advice through our concierge service. For help when trying to claim PIP, call the PIP claims contact number on 0800 917 2222. Citizens Advice, Turn2us and many local authorities can also provide free and confidential PIP advice.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit you can claim to help you pay for additional living costs caused by:
PIP consists of two components:
You may be eligible for one or both of these components.
Your eligibility for PIP isn’t affected by your income, savings and whether you’re currently employed.
There isn’t actually a set list of medical conditions that make you eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in the UK.
Instead, whether you’re eligible for the benefit depends on how a condition or disability affects your daily life and mobility, including things like washing, dressing, shopping, making important decisions and getting from one place to another.
With that said, the Department for Work and Pensions has provided a list of the main categories of qualifying disabilities and how many people claimed PIP for that disability, from October 2013 to July 2023. This is the most recent data release. These 21 categories encompass 547 different conditions - and these can be found here.
The table below shows whether your condition may make you eligible for PIP payments, along with how many people already claim PIP through this condition.
|Medical Condition||How Many People Have Claimed For It? (As of April 2023)||Percentage Of All Claims|
|Musculoskeletal disease (general)||669,706||19.93%|
|Musculoskeletal disease (regional)||396,387||11.80%|
|Autoimmune disease (connective tissue disorders)||18,585||0.55%|
|Diseases of the liver, gallbladder and biliary tract||12,394||0.37%|
|Unknown or missing||10,025||0.30%|
|Multisystem and extremes of age||1,347||0.04%|
|Diseases of the immune system||1,149||0.03%|
Remember, this isn’t an all-encompassing list. If you have a condition or disability which is impacting your daily life, you can still check to see if you’re eligible for PIP.
Below are the conditions which people most commonly claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). As of July 2023, these five conditions comprised over 85% of total claims.
This includes stress, anxiety, mood disorders, cognitive disorders, eating disorders and learning disabilities.
This includes osteoarthritis, fracture complications, muscle pain and joint pain.
This includes epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, headaches, head injuries, cerebral palsy and neuropathy.
This includes disorders affecting specific body parts such as the shoulders, wrists and hands, neck, back, hips, knees, ankles and feet.
This includes asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis and diseases of the upper respiratory tract.
The most recent Personal Independence Payment (PIP) statistics show that as of the 30th of April 2023, there were just over three million claimants entitled to the benefit across England and Wales, with 36% of these claimants receiving the highest level of the award.
There were also 300,000 claimants in Scotland, bringing the total number of people claiming PIP in the UK to around 3.3 million.
Like other Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits, PIP rates rose by 10.1% for 2023/2024.
These payments are given monthly, unless you have a terminal illness, in which case you’ll receive them every week.
Here are the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rates for 2023/2024:
|Daily Living Component||Mobility Component|
|Standard Weekly Rate||£68.10||£26.90|
|Standard Monthly Rate||£295.10||£116.57|
|Enhanced Weekly Rate||£101.75||£71.00|
|Enhanced Monthly Rate||£440.92||£307.67|
If you get the standard daily living and mobility component, you’ll receive £95.00 per week, or £411.67 per month.
If you get the enhanced daily living and mobility component, you’ll get £172.75 per week, or £748.58 per month.
Data from the DWP shows that around one in three PIP claimants receive the highest level of the benefit.
You’ll be eligible to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) if all of the following apply to you:
If you haven’t claimed PIP before, you also need to be under the State Pension age. If you’re over the State Pension age, you can instead apply for Attendance Allowance. If you’ve previously received PIP, you can still make a new claim if you were eligible during the year before you reached the State Pension age.
To begin your claim, you’ll need to call the PIP new claims phone number on 0800 917 2222 from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.
You’ll need to provide the following information:
After this phone call, you’ll be sent a form which you’ll have a month to complete and return. You should include as much evidence as possible about your condition with this form, such as letters or reports from medical professionals.
Next, you may be invited for a medical assessment. This could be in person, over the phone or via a video call.
An assessment will help the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) determine how much financial support you require, including which components you’re eligible for and whether you need the standard or enhanced rates.
The DWP bases its decision on a points-based system. During the assessment, you’ll score points if you’re unable to do things:
You’re able to apply for and claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) without getting a formal diagnosis.
You will however, need to provide evidence explaining how your condition affects you on a day-to-day basis. This evidence could include letters or reports from a medical professional, or a diary you’ve been keeping updated.
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will review your form, before deciding if they need any further information.
They’ll often contact your GP or a different medical professional to obtain medical evidence as part of your claim process. Or, they might directly contact you with additional questions, or simply send you a letter inviting you to an assessment.
You don’t need a doctor’s letter or a statement (such as from your GP or a different medical professional) for your PIP claim to be successful.
With that said, including as much medical evidence as possible when applying will increase your chances of getting approved. This includes a report or letter from your GP or a different medical professional. This report will explain your condition, how it affects your day-to-day life and how you’re treated for it.
For something to be classed as medical evidence, it should include the name of your condition, the date on which you were diagnosed, any prescriptions or treatment you’ve had, any specific care plans and any further information from professionals such as a GP, doctor, specialist nurse, physiotherapist, social worker, counsellor or anybody else relevant.
During a PIP assessment, the assessor will be looking at whether you’re able to carry out a series of day-to-day activities, and how much difficulty you get from performing these tasks. This assessment will focus on the impact a medical condition has on you, rather than focusing on the diagnosis yourself.
Written by our team of experts and designed to help families fund later life care in England.