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Claiming PIP if you are terminally ill

PIP claims from people who have a terminal illness and are not expected to live for more than six months are dealt with more quickly. These people will not be required to attend a face-to-face consultation, or to fulfil the three-month qualifying period for claiming PIP. If the basic conditions are met, both the daily living and the mobility component of PIP will be paid straight away.

A DS1500 medical report (available from your doctor, nurse, social worker or palliative care nurse) will help to support the claim. As PIP is claimed by phone, it is important that the DS1500 has the patient’s date of birth, postcode and, if possible, National Insurance number on it.

PIP claims if your circumstances change

If you are getting PIP, it is your responsibility to tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) if your circumstances change, because this can affect how much you get.

You’ll need to tell the DWP if the level of help you need changes or your condition changes.

You’ll need to tell the DWP if you go into hospital or a care home for more than four weeks. PIP is not usually paid if you are in hospital when you claim, but will be paid when you leave. However, it may be paid if you’re a private patient and you’re paying without help from the NHS, or if you are in a hospice because you are terminally ill.

If you go abroad for more than four weeks, you must get agreement from the DWP for PIP to continue before you go. It is possible for you to continue to get PIP if you: 

  • go abroad for 13 weeks or less, or
  • go abroad temporarily to get treatment for your incapacity or disability

You can contact the DWP on 0845 850 3322 (textphone 0845 601 6677) to let them know how your circumstances have changed.

The official source of information on benefits is GOV.UK

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