Claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

You may be eligible for PIP if you have Crohn's or Colitis and you're aged between 16 and the state pension age.

The guide explains what PIP is, who can qualify and how to apply. It includes information on how to increase your chance of a successful claim.

This guide is for people aged 16 to 64 with Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease - who are thinking about applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The guide explains what PIP is, who can qualify and how to apply. It includes information on how to increase your chance of a successful claim. You may find this information helpful even if you do not think you will qualify for
PIP. People sometimes miss out on benefits for years because they don’t realise they are entitled to claim or don’t think their claim will be successful. If you aren’t sure whether you qualify for PIP, you could contact one of the organisations listed in Other Useful Organisations below.

This guide does not include information on benefits for people younger than 16, or older than 64. If you would like to claim for someone younger, you may like to read our guide Claiming Disability Living Allowance: A guide for children under 16 with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. If you are 65 or over, you can apply for Attendance Allowance. You can find out more from the organisations listed at the end of this guide.

PLEASE NOTE: PIP is subject to change. This guide is not a full and authoritative statement of the law. The information in this guide is intended as general information only and is not intended to be relied upon by any individual in relation to their specific circumstances. It is not intended as a replacement for appropriate professional advice. 
 

What is Personal Independence Payment?
Could I qualify for PIP?
Impact of your Crohn's or Colitis
Terminal illness
How do I apply for PIP?
Registering your claim
What happens next?
Completing the form 'How your disability affects you'
Getting help with the form
Completing the form: Questions 1 and 2
Completing the form: Questions 3 to 15
The face-to-face consultation
Receiving a written decision
How will PIP affect my other benefits?
Quick guide to applying for PIP
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
Other useful organisations
Appendix 1: Sample diary
Appendix 2: Health professionals' sheet
Appendix 3: Words used in the activities and descriptors
How we write our information