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.
Source: Section 88 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.
NB - a minimum award length of 18 months was planned for June 2020 but has been delayed until April 2021.
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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)