Personal Independence Payment is based on the level of help you need because of how your condition affects you and how able you are to do certain activities.
It is made up of two components:
The Mobility component might be paid if you need help getting about. This includes physically moving around and leaving your home. It’s also referred to as the mobility allowance.
The Daily living component might be paid if you need help with carrying out everyday activities, such as:
- preparing and cooking food
- eating and drinking
- managing your treatments
- washing and bathing
- managing toilet needs or incontinence
- dressing and undressing
- communicating with other people
- reading and understanding written information
- mixing with others
- making decisions about money
- planning a journey or following a route.
Each component can be paid at either a standard or an enhanced rate.
Depending on how your condition affects you, it’s possible to get one component or both, and either the standard or the enhanced rate.
This is worked out using the results of an assessment.