The "required period" is the period over which the disability conditions must be met in order for an award to be made or for a change in circumstances to lead to a change of award. It does not apply if a claimant is terminally ill.
The meaning of "required period" is defined in regulations.
Regulations 12 and 13 of the main PIP regulations provide that a claimant meets the required period condition for the relevant PIP component where-
- if [the claimant] had been assessed at every time in the period of 3 months ending with the [date of claim/change of circumstances], it is likely that the Secretary of State would have determined at that time that [the claimant] had [limited or severely limited] ability to carry out [daily living or mobility] activities; and
- if [the claimant] were to be assessed at every time in the period of 9 months beginning with the day after the [date of claim/change of circumstances], it is likely that the Secretary of State would determine at that time that [the claimant] had [limited or severely limited] ability to carry out [daily living or mobility] activities.
NB - the full required period does not have to be met in specified cases relating to a previous claim, and the required period does not apply where the claimant has a terminal illness.
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The required period is made of two periods - a retrospective one and prospective one / an advance claim can only succeed if the 50 per cent rule is met for the retrospective period
-  UKUT 541 (AAC)
Social support does not need to be given at time claimant engages with other people / Tribunal wrong to concentrate on PIP eligibility at date of decision rather than during required period of 12 months
-  UKUT 584 (AAC)