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 PIPchecker:
- 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 these).
- 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 May 2016