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Personal Independence Payment: Chronic Illnesses

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 228652, tabled on 5 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of personal independence payment who are known to have lifelong conditions which are unlikely to improve have been awarded an ongoing award (a) in Brighton and Hove and (b) nationally.

Answered on

13 March 2019

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is not based on condition or on whether it is or isn’t lifelong, it instead is based on daily living or mobility needs. On 31st October 2018, there were 1,430 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims in payment that were in receipt of an ongoing award in the Brighton and Hove Local Authority area and 412,070 that were in receipt of an ongoing award in Great Britain.

Ongoing awards do not have an end date, but will be subject to a light touch review at the 10 year point. We have recently amended 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 an ongoing award with a light touch review at the 10 year point.

Source: PIP ADS


  • An ongoing award is defined as an award which has a blank end date in the PIP ADS.
  • Figures are based on the latest outcome for each case and will take into account the effect of a Mandatory Reconsideration, an Appeal, Award Review or Change of Circumstances on a claim.
  • Normal Rules only
  • Data has been rounded to the nearest 10.
  • This is unpublished data. It should be used with caution and it may be subject to future revision.