PIP is not based on the condition you have or the medication you take. It is based on the level of help you need because of how your condition affects you.

You’re assessed on the level of help you need with specific activities. It’s hard to say if the level of help you need will qualify you for PIP. The help you get may be from a person, an aid (such as a walking stick or guide dog) or an adaptation to your home or car.

You may be eligible for PIP if you’re under State Pension age (and over 16) and need help with daily living activities or getting around, or both. If you’re awarded PIP before you’re of State Pension age, you’ll continue to receive it after too. You can still make a claim if you’re working.

How do I claim PIP?

Step one: To start your claim call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on 0800 917 2222 (textphone 0800 917 7777). They will ask for basic information and then send you a claim form.

Step two: Fill in the claim form. If you need any help with this, contact your local Age UK.

Step three: Your claim will be assessed by a healthcare professional and you might have a face-to-face assessment.

Step four: You’ll get a score based on how much help you need and this will affect how much PIP you’ll receive.

Step five: You will be informed of the decision on your claim. If your claim is turned down you can challenge it. 

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