PIP is designed to help people meet the extra costs that come from having a long-term health condition or disability. For the purposes of PIP, a long-term condition means ill-health or disability that has lasted for at least 3 months and is expected to last a further 9 months. The assessment is made using a points-based system and looks at how your disability or health condition affect your ability to cope with daily life and mobility. It is not enough to be diagnosed with a health condition; you must show that your health condition affects your life in particular ways to qualify for PIP.
PIP is made up of two parts (components), a Daily Living component and a Mobility component. Each component has two rates; standard and enhanced. PIP isn’t affected by income or savings, it’s not taxable and people can get it whether they’re in or out of work.
Crohn's and Colitis UK has commissioned a guide which helps anyone with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) through the process of applying for Personal Independence Payment. To read and download a copy of this guide click on the link. You can also get a paper copy of this guide from our office by calling our Information Service.
General information about PIP is available by calling the Information Service on 0845 130 2233. The line is open from 10 am to 1 pm on weekdays. If you aren’t able to call during these hours, an answer phone is available. You can leave your name, telephone number and a brief message and an Information Officer will return your call as soon as they are able.
We also have a team of trained volunteers who provide information and support on the telephone, on an appointment basis, to people with IBD (or their carers) who are applying for Personal Independence Payment. This might be, for example, to discuss eligibility, any particularly difficult questions on the application form, or how to challenge a decision. It is not possible for our volunteers to go through the whole form, but calls can last for up to 30 minutes. Telephone appointments are available on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons and can be made by calling the Information Service.
We remain concerned that the PIP Assessment still does not adequately account for people with IBD, and have begun a process of information gathering from Crohn’s and Colitis UK members who are making PIP claims. If you have recently made a PIP claim and have received the decision, please take part in our anonymous, five-minute survey.