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Last updated:
18/10/2018

How do I claim?

  1. Overview
  2. What is PIP?
  3. What if I claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?
  4. Who can get Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?
  5. How will I be assessed for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?
  6. How do I claim?
  7. What questions are on the ‘How your disability affects you’ form?
  8. Should I get supporting evidence?
  9. Will I have to go to a face to face medical assessment?
  10. Can I appeal if I think a decision is wrong?
  11. Do I need to speak to a welfare advisor?
  12. What happens if my health changes when I’m getting Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?
  13. Can someone claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for me?
  14. Information on Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  15. Next steps
You can call the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Centre on 0800 012 1573 to make a claim. Someone else can call for you but you will need to be with them.

You can call the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Centre on 0800 012 1573 to make a claim. Someone else can call for you but you will need to be with them.

The telephone call should not take very long if you get your information ready first.

The person on the phone will ask for you:

  • Name
  • Contact details
  • Address and postcode
  • Date of birth
  • National insurance number
  • Nationality
  • Bank details
  • Main health care professional’s contact details. This may be your GP or your care coordinator if you have one

If you cannot claim by phone you can use a paper claim form instead. To get a form you will have to write to the address below to ask for one.

The Social Security Agency (SSA) will only give you a paper claim form if you cannot complete the claim on the phone. When you write to the SSA you should explain why you cannot use a phone.

Personal Independence Payment Centre
Castle Court
Royal Avenue
Belfast
BT1 1HR

At the moment you cannot apply for PIP online.

‘How your disability affects you’ application form

After you claim, the SSA will send you a form to fill in.  This is called ‘How your disability affects you’. You use this to explain how you think your disability means that you meet the criteria for PIP.

You have one month to complete this form. When the SSA get your form they will send it to a health professional. The health professional will decide if they need more information. It is likely that you will have to go to a medical assessment.

  • The form has a reference number. You can only send back the form that the SSA gives you.
  • If you make a mistake on your form and need a new one, contact the SSA and ask for a new form.
  • Contact the SSA and ask for support or more time if you need it.
  • Make a rough draft of your answers before writing on the form.
  • Take your time. You do not have to complete it all at once.
  • Get support. A carer, health care professional or benefits adviser may be able to help you answer some questions.
  • If someone else fills in the application form for you, explain why you couldn’t complete it on your own.
  • Make a copy of your completed form and any extra information before you send it to the SSA. This is to make sure that you have a spare if the SSA loses the form or if you need to refer to it in the future.

You will find a sample form on the government website. You might want to use the sample form to practice before filling in your real form.

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Within this subject

  1. Overview
  2. What is PIP?
  3. What if I claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?
  4. Who can get Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?
  5. How will I be assessed for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?
  6. How do I claim?
  7. What questions are on the ‘How your disability affects you’ form?
  8. Should I get supporting evidence?
  9. Will I have to go to a face to face medical assessment?
  10. Can I appeal if I think a decision is wrong?
  11. Do I need to speak to a welfare advisor?
  12. What happens if my health changes when I’m getting Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?
  13. Can someone claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for me?
  14. Information on Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  15. Next steps
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