To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants have received each length of personal independence payment award since its introduction.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
24 July 2018
The table below shows the number of people who have been awarded Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for each award length between April 2013 and 30th April 2018.
Table: PIP awards made between April 2013 and 30th April 2018, split by award length.
Type of award
Volume of claimants
Volume as a percentage of total
1.5 years or lower
1.5 – 2.5 years
2.5 – 3.5 years
3.5 – 4.5 years
4.5 – 5.5 years
5.5 – 6.5 years
6.5 – 7.5 years
7.5 – 8.5 years
8.5 – 9.5 years
9.5 years or more*
Short term award
*The “9.5 years or more” group excludes ongoing awards. Source: PIP ADS
Award lengths are calculated from the date of award of PIP to the review date. At the point of preparing this response, approximately 0.06% of all cleared claims do not have a recorded review date but are not ongoing awards so have been excluded from the table above.
Figures are based on the first outcome recorded for each case and include both new claims and DLA reassessment claims assessed under normal rules. Special rules cases for the terminally ill are excluded from the above figures. Data has been rounded to the nearest 10 cases. This is unpublished data which should be used with caution and it may be subject to future revision.
A claimant can receive a short term fixed award if their condition is expected to improve in the short term. Once this award ends, the benefit ends and no award review takes place.
Ongoing awards do not have an end date, but will be subject to a light touch review at the 10 year point. We are currently amending the guidance to ensure that all those awarded the highest level of support under PIP, and who have needs which will stay the same or deteriorate, will receive and ongoing award with a light touch review at the 10 year point. The new guidance will be published later this summer.