pipinfo

Length of awards

PIP is normally awarded for a fixed period - for example one, two or three years - although an indefinite award can be made if a fixed-term award would not be appropriate. Indefinite awards are ususally reviewed every 10 years.


Legislation

The rules relating to fixed term awards are set out in the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

Section 88, relating to claims, awards and information, provides that -

(1)...

(2) An award of personal independence payment is to be for a fixed term except where the person making the award considers that a fixed term award would be inappropriate.

(3) In deciding whether a fixed term award would be inappropriate, that person must have regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State.

(4)…

Source: Section 88 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

See also guidance for PIP Case Managers on setting award periods (October 2018) from the House of Commons library.


Case law

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