Review – Your award of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) may be reviewed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) at any time, even if you have an award for a fixed amount of time. The DWP will usually start to review your claim one year before your award ends.
- When the DWP reviews your claim, they send you a letter with a PIP review form.
- The DWP gives you 4 weeks to fill in the form and send it back.
- Ask the DWP for more time if you need it.
- You will need to phone them and tell them why you need more time.
- If you don’t send the form back in time, the DWP will stop your claim unless you have a good reason for sending it in late.
You will need to tell them why you sent the form late. If the DWP stop your claim because you sent the form back too late and they don’t think that you have a good reason, you can start again with a new claim or challenge their decision (or both). You don’t have to do the form on your own.
You can ask someone else to help you. It can be someone you know or you can find a benefits adviser near you using our Find an Adviser tool, If something has changed, the DWP may need more information to let the claim continue. You may need to complete another claim form and attend another medical assessment.
In a review, the DWP will decide whether to:
Make your PIP award longer Change your entitlement End your PIP claim.
How does the PIP process work?
Receiving PIP – PIP is given based on how your health condition or disability affects how you can carry out certain activities, and what help you need with those activities. There is a point system used for PIP. You get a certain number of points depending on whether you meet certain ‘descriptors’ for the specified activities.
You have no difficulties preparing a meal = 0 points You can only prepare a meal using a microwave = 2 points. You need supervision or assistance preparing a meal = 4 points You are unable to prepare and cook food = 8 points.
You need a minimum of 8 points in total to get the standard rate of PIP, and 12 points to get the enhanced rate for daily living and/or mobility.
What is the success rate of PIP reviews?
Chances of PIP success may be better than you think Many people are put off applying for PIP because they have heard that it is very difficult to get an award for their particular condition. Yet Benefits and Work research shows that in some cases pessimism about the outcome is not supported by the statistics.
- We asked readers to tell us which conditions they thought were particularly hard to claim for.
- One condition that came up repeatedly was fibromyalgia.
- Lorraine told us:
“Fibromyalgia is a hard one to claim for as it is quite a complex condition with no definitive diagnosis. If you dare to say you have good days, you are doomed to failure.” Whilst we agree that saying you have ‘good’ rather than ‘better’ days is unlikely to help your claim, the reality is that the success rate for PIP claims for fibromyalgia is 62.7%, considerably above the average.
Similarly, ZuluAssegai believed that ME/CFS was one of the harder conditions to claim for: “The condition ME/CFS is very hard to get DLA/PIP for as it is a disabling, fluctuating condition and it is a hidden disability. It doesn’t fit the tick box format.” Yet the success rate for chronic fatigue syndrome is 54.8%, slightly above average.
Osteoporosis was another condition a number of readers mentioned, with Anne telling us “It doesn’t even seem to be recognized.” In fact, 67.6% of claims where the primary condition is osteoporosis get an award, again considerably above the average. Autism is a condition that some people felt would not be easy to get PIP for.
But the award rate is actually very much higher than average, at 72.3%. Yet for Asperger’s syndrome the award rate is just below the average, at 51.1%, even though, as Porridge explained: “, any of us with Asperger Syndrome will already be aware our lives are very tough, especially if you are quite far along the spectrum, and it is a fact that we are just as autistic as anyone else with autism and we are also likely to have other problems like dyslexia, dyspraxia, severe anxiety and other significant difficulties.” Other conditions also present a mixed picture.
As kysgillett explained: “Epilepsy is invisible (most of the time) and fluctuating (all of the time). It is also a complex condition with many different types of seizures. It is very difficult for someone who may be unconscious to explain how being unconscious affects them.
It is difficult to get any award without having to go to a tribunal.” Our statistics don’t tell us how many people had to go to a tribunal before getting their award, but our reader’s opinion that it’s a complex situation with many different types of seizure was borne out by the statistics. Generalised seizures (with status epilepticus in last 12 months) attracted a higher than average award rate at 58.7%.
But partial seizures (with status epilepticus in last 12 months) was below average with 47.6%. However, there were four other classifications of seizures, with some getting awards above and some below the average:
- Partial seizures (without status epilepticus in last 12 months) 40.2%
- Generalised seizures (without status epilepticus in last 12 months) 50.1%
- Seizures – unclassified 54.1%
- Non epileptic Attack disorder (pseudoseizures) 59.2%
Diabetes is another condition where award rates vary depending on the type of diabetes, although all of the awards are below average. Reader CP explained that: “It’s generally accepted by parents of children with Type 1 diabetes that, whilst their children will be entitled to DLA at at least middle rate, the chances of them getting PIP when due to transfer is virtually zero.
- Diabetes mellitus Type 1 (insulin dependent) 28.2%
- Diabetes mellitus (category unknown) 45.6%
- Diabetes insipidus 45.7%
- Diabetes mellitus Type 2 (non insulin dependent) 45.8%
Kim warned that you: “Cannot claim pip for Crohn’s disease!! They totally disregard this disabling condition.” Again, this isn’t quite the case, but it definitely is far below the average with a 30.7% success rate. Nika1000 suggested endometriosis as a hard condition to claim for, in spite of the fact that it is: “A life limiting disease.
- But whilst there is no question that some conditions are very much harder to claim for than others, it’s definitely worth considering making a claim even if yours is one of the least successful health issues.
- The likelihood is that you will have a better than one in four chance of getting an award and, for most conditions, it is likely to be better than a 50/50 chance.
- And some of the conditions which it is assumed are the hardest of all, such as ME/CFS and fibromyalgia, actually have an above average success rate.
- Members can download the full list of conditions and percentage success rates in a pdf file entitled ‘Success rates for PIP claims by condition’ from the ‘Claims’ section of the,
: Chances of PIP success may be better than you think
Can you refuse a PIP?
What if my employee refuses to participate in the improvement plan? What if they refuse to sign the PIP? – The employee should be informed that the alternative to a PIP is disciplinary action. The appropriate disciplinary steps should be made in consultation with HR. It is important to document a refusal to participate in or sign a PIP.
At what point is ADHD a disability?
Managing ADHD – Depending on the severity of ADHD, this condition can be managed using a variety of strategies. Given that ADHD is treated very differently in children than adults, some strategies may be more effective than others. Strategies to manage ADHD include:
Using prescribed medications: including stimulants, non-stimulants, antidepressants, or a combination of the aforementioned Psychotherapy: including individual therapy, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy
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Is ADHD classed as a disability?
Is ADHD a Disability? – Yes. Whether you view attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as neurological — affecting how the brain concentrates or thinks — or consider ADHD as a disability that impacts working, there is no question that the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers individuals with ADHD.
How much is PIP per month?
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What scores high on PIP?
Mobility component – If you have mobility needs, you may qualify for the mobility component. There are two rates:
Standard £26.90 per week Enhanced £71.00 per week
You get the standard rate if you score between eight and 11 points for your mobility needs in the PIP test. You get the enhanced rate if you score 12 points or more.
Who is most likely to get PIP?
Almost three million people claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in England, a benefit paid to those whose lives are impacted by their disabilities or long-term health conditions. The benefit – which is paid by the Department of Work and Pensions ( DWP ) – is worth between £24.25 and £156.90 per week currently and is not means tested.
PIP is made up of 2 parts – called ‘components’, which look at an applicant’s condition and how it affects their daily living and their mobility. Claimants are not charged tax on PIP and families where at least one member claims the benefit are not affected by the benefits cap. The benefit is usually awarded for a fixed length of time and then is reviewed to determine whether the claim is still valid.
If you’re awarded PIP for a fixed time of more than 2 years, the DWP will usually review your award before it ends. If a claimant is awarded ‘an indefinite award’ this is usually reviewed every 10 years. Read more: DWP PIP warning with thousands of benefit claimants having payments stopped Campaigning website Benefits and Work has compiled a list of over 500 conditions arranged in order of how hard it is to get an award of PIP, using the DWP’s own Stat-Xplore database.
- However, the DWP has reiterated that PIP eligibility is based not on their condition, but on how that condition affects their daily life.
- The list shows that the overall average success rate for PIP claims across all of the conditions is 52%, but this can vary greatly depending on the condition.
- The five conditions most likely to be awarded PIP are Creutzfeldt – Jacob disease (CJD) (100%), Down’s syndrome (99.6%), motor neurone disease (97.5%) and dementia (94.1%).
At the other end of the spectrum, only 11.6% of people with oral allergy syndrome were successful, with acne, some incontinence conditions, eczema, dyslexia and food intolerance all having a success rate of less than 25% While awards for arthritis are above the average, claims relating to mental health vary widely, with 38.8% of anxiety disorder sufferers being awarded PIP, generalised anxiety disorder 42.7%, anxiety and depressive disorders 49.6%, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 58.2%, bipolar affective disorder 61.3% and schizophrenia 69.7%.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) 26.1% Coeliac disease: 27.2% Anaemia: 33.5% Gallstones: 34.3% Hearing loss 41.3% Whiplash: 42.9% Diabetes: 45.6% Asperger’s syndrome: 51% Autism: 72.3% Cancer: At least 72.3% Multiple Sclerosis (MS): 78.9%
A spokesperson from Benefits and Work said: “On its own this doesn’t tell the whole tale. For example, it doesn’t tell us what percentage of claimants got the enhanced rate of one or both components.” People who applied for PIP and were not awarded it can challenge the decision by requesting a mandatory reconsideration in the first instance.
The best way to apply is to use the CRMR1 mandatory reconsideration request form on GOV.UK, or write a letter to the DWP explaining why you disagree with the decision. Check the date on your decision letter as you need to ask for a mandatory reconsideration within one month of that date. If you’ve missed the 1 month deadline, it’s still worth asking for a mandatory reconsideration, as long as it’s within 13 months of the decision.
You’ll need to explain your reasons for being late – for example if being ill or dealing with difficult personal circumstances meant you couldn’t apply in time. Use your form or letter to explain why your application is late, as well as why you disagree with their decision.
The DWP can refuse your application if it’s late, but as long as you applied within 13 months of the date on your decision letter you can still appeal their decision at a tribunal, Read more: Universal Credit claimants could lose £1,000 under DWP trial Cost of living: A five-step plan to get debt free in 2023 How to work out how much your heating costs per hour All the big money changes to look out for in 2023 month by month DWP Universal Credit claimants hit as sanctions rise by 250% amid claims they are ‘back with a vengeance’ Story Saved You can find this story in My Bookmarks.
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What is good evidence for PIP?
What is supporting evidence for PIP – Supporting evidence for a PIP claim is useful when making a new/renewal PIP claim or when you are appealing against a PIP decision. Supporting evidence can come in the form of:
Statement from a carer, friend or family member Daily routine diary and personal statement Medical evidence (records, prescriptions, letters from medical professionals).