Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

If you're vision impaired and aged 16 or over,  you might be eligible for Personal Independence Payments(PIP).

Personal Independence Payments(PIP) is a benefit to help towards the extra costs you face in order to live a full and active independent life.

How much you receive is based on how your condition affects you and not the condition itself.


How do I apply?

You or your parent/guardian can claim on your behalf for PIP if:

  1. You are already in receipt of Disability Living Allowance(DLA) up to the age of 16
  2. You are making a new claim


What happens if you already get Disability Living Allowance(DLA)?

You should receive a letter up to 3 months before your 16th birthday inviting you to apply for PIP. You must return this form by the date stated on the letter, if you need any help with this you can call RSBC on 0203 198 0225.

If your parents or guardians applied for the DLA for you, when you are 16 or over, you will be invited directly to apply for PIP.

Your parent/guardian can still help you with the application.


How to make a new claim for PIP

Before you start, make sure you have the following information:

  • Contact details of the claimant (who will be receiving the PIP)

  • Claimant’s date of birth

  • Claimant’s National Insurance number

  • The bank account number and sort code for the account you would like PIP to be paid into

  • Contact details of your healthcare professionals, for example your GP or any specialists you see

Next, to make a new claim for PIP:

  1. Call 0800 917 2222 (your parents or guardians can call on your behalf)
  2. After the phone call the Department for Work and Pensions(DWP) will send you a ‘How your disability affects you’ (PIP2) form through the post which is linked to your application
  3. Complete the form (this is available in braille and large print). You can get help completing in the form from the RSBC, call 0203 198 0225

  4. Return the form by the date stated on the letter. Be sure to send any medical evidence like a CVI or/and a medical report not more than 3 months old to support your application

  5. You will be requested to attend a medical assessment where a Health Care Professional will go through a series of questions to find out how your condition affects your daily life. The assessment can take up to 90 minutes


What happens next?

You should receive a decision within 6 weeks. This is your ‘award letter’.

It will state how much you will receive and when you should expect your first payment.

PIP payments are made every 4 weeks.



Make a copy or scan every form you complete, and keep a note of when you sent it.


Published: 20th October 2018

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