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Personal Independence Payment

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 165121, tabled on 17 July 2018

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.

Answered on

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

Ongoing Awards

323,210

18.1%

Finite Awards

1,458,250

81.8%

Of which:

1.5 years or lower

346,650

23.8%

1.5 – 2.5 years

496,260

34.0%

2.5 – 3.5 years

364,450

25.0%

3.5 – 4.5 years

92,390

6.3%

4.5 – 5.5 years

132,630

9.1%

5.5 – 6.5 years

960

0.1%

6.5 – 7.5 years

190

0.0%

7.5 – 8.5 years

950

0.1%

8.5 – 9.5 years

710

0.0%

9.5 years or more*

11,720

0.8%

Short term award

11,330

0.8%

Total Awards

1,781,470

100%

*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 This is unpublished data which should be used with caution and it may be subject to future revision.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.

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