If you do not apply for PIP by the date given in the invitation letter, your child’s DLA payments will stop.
Gathering evidence for PIP assessment
Your child will be assessed on their ability to do certain tasks safely and reliably, and whenever they need to.
Assessors want to know about:
- any additional needs at school, in the home or when out
- extra help needed with dressing, washing, eating, communicating and moving about
- any personal budget or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
Keep a diary to record how your child’s condition affects daily life. Ask for supporting evidence from health professionals, your child’s school, private tutor or social worker.
While your child is the focus for the assessor, you’ll be there to provide support. You’ll be able to clarify what your child says and you can refer to your claim form when answering questions.
Make sure you’re prepared for the PIP assessment and know your rights.
If you provide enough supporting evidence, the DWP will consider a paper-based review of your claim. This means your child will not have to meet in person with one of the assessment provider’s health professionals.
To be considered for a paper-based review, you must prove that your child has one of the following:
- a high level of impairment and cannot perform most or all of the activities in the PIP claim form safely, reliably and repeatedly
- a record of hospital admission and is under GP care
- a condition (such as autism or learning difficulty) that will make a face-to-face consultation stressful
- a severe condition, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease or stroke
Last reviewed by Scope on: 10/01/2019