PIPchecker has a number of different sections:
- The questions:
- 'Timescale' qualifying conditions: this section asks you questions
about how long you've had your disabilities, and how long you think
they might last, as these might affect your entitlement. It also asks
you whether you think that you are terminally ill, as this can
bypass some restrictions.
- Non-medical qualifying conditions: this section asks you questions
about things, like your age and your immigration status, that might
rule out your chances of getting PIP.
- The disability conditions
- The daily living component: this section asks you questions about
the help you need with doing various everyday activities.
- The mobility component: this section asks you questions about any
difficulties you have getting about outside. It includes problems
caused by physical disabilities, sensory limitations, mental health
problems, and learning difficulties.
- Summary Statement: This section displays a summary of your possible
entitlement, based on the answers you have given. You can select and
print out this text if you want a record for your own use (perhaps to
guide you in completing an application form), or to use as part of a
challenge to the DWP against a decision you don't agree with.
You can change your answers as often as you like: PIPchecker will adjust
automatically to any changes you make.
Here's some other things you need to know to get the best out of
- I have changed some of the wording where the way the law puts things
is difficult to understand. However in the 'statement' section at the
end the words used are taken exactly from the regulations.
- For more detailed information
click on any underlined phrases. Most of this information is
direct quotations from the government's advice to decision makers, so
is quite technical (I will gradually be adding my own comments to
- If you want to look at the full text of the guide yourself, you can
find it here:
'Advice for Decision Makers, Chapter P2: Assessment for PIP'
- For a general explanation of how PIP works go to my page on this: 'What
is the Personal Independence Payment?'
- I tried to cover most scenarios, but I can't cover absolutely every
disclaimer and exclusions for details.
Last updated January 2016