The Department for Work and Pension oversee the payments which are provided for those who may need extra financial support. This is called Personal independence payments (PIP) and you could qualify if you suffer from a long-term illness, disability or mental health condition which affects your ability to continue with everyday tasks.

The Department for Work and Pensions report that there are 3.4 million people in the UK who receive PIP.

You could receive payments for living components as well as mobility if you struggle to do necessary travel yourself.

Mostly you will be given a 3 year fixed time of receiving these payments before getting a review to determine any changes.

Some people qualify for a ‘indefinite award’ in which they will be placed on a 10 year plan before they are reviewed.


If you have any changes to you condition whether it becomes worse or improves you must tell the Department for Work and Pensions as this could affect your payments. If your situation worsens you could be eligible for a higher allowance.


How much are the payments

If you qualify for PIP you will receive your payments weekly, below is the amount you could be paid weekly. These payments are not subject to tax.


  • For the living component

The lowest allowance come to £72.65

The maximum allowance is £108.55


  • For the Mobility component

The lowest allowance is £28.70

The maximum allowance is £75.75


Do I qualify for extra financial support?

To receive PIP you will have to apply to the department of work and pensions who will require personal information before conducting a review of your condition.

For both the living and mobility components you must be above 16 but below the state pension age.

To qualify for the living component you would struggle with the below,

  • Preparing food
  • Eating and drinking
  • Managing medicines and treatments
  • Washing
  • Going to the toilet
  • Managing your finances
  • Reading
  • Getting dressed and undressed
  • Socialising and being around others

To qualify for the mobility component you would struggle with the below

  • Setting a route and following it
  • Physically moving around
  • Leaving your home


Check to find out if you qualify for extra financial support to help you with day to day living.