Length of awards
PIP is normally awarded for a fixed period - for example 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.
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 -
(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.
NB - in Scotland, adult disability payment is replacing personal independence payment - see Social Security Scotland's guidance Scheduled reviews for ADP and Choosing an appropriate review period for Adult Disability Payment.
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Tribunals are not obliged to follow PIP guidance in the Advice for Decision Making Guide relating to fixed-term awards
-  NICom 54
Whether PIP appeal can be pursued where sole issue of challenge is question of appropriateness or length of a fixed term award
-  UKUT 30 (AAC)
- Factors to consider when deciding the duration of a PIP award
-  UKUT 85 (AAC)