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Personal Independence Payment: Chronic Illnesses

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 242185, tabled on 8 April 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the announcement that personal independence payment claimants with severe or progressive conditions requiring high level support would not face reassessment for 10 years, how many claimants have been granted this exemption.

Answered on

16 April 2019

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is not based on condition or on whether it is or isn’t lifelong, instead being based on the daily living or mobility needs arising. Between April 2013 and 31st January 2019, 375,550 PIP claimants were awarded an ongoing award at their initial decision. Ongoing awards do not have an end date, but will be subject to a light touch review at the 10-year point.

Ongoing awards have been a feature of PIP since it was introduced in 2013. The change introduced last year provides clearer guidance on the process for Case Managers to follow and will ensure that those receiving the maximum support under PIP, and where their needs will not improve or deteriorate – such as those with a severe or progressive condition - receive an ongoing award with a light touch review at the ten-year point.

Source: PIP ADS


  • An ongoing award is defined as an award which doesn’t have an end date in the PIP ADS.
  • Figures are based on the first decision only and does not take into account Mandatory Reconsideration or Appeal.
  • Normal Rules only.
  • Data includes both New Claims and DLA Reassessment claims.
  • 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  • This is unpublished data.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.
  • Great Britain only.