PIP has a daily living and a mobility component. Depending on the number of points you’re awarded for the activities, you’ll receive either the standard or the enhanced rate for each of the components.
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. The more details and evidence you can provide, the better.
You will have an assessment once the DWP has looked at your form. This is normally in person at an assessment centre. But assessments can be a phone call or home visit.
If you provide enough supporting evidence with your application form, the DWP will consider a paper-based assessment of your claim.
This means your child will not have to meet the assessment provider’s health professional in person.
To be considered for a paper-based assessment, you must give evidence that your child has 1 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
enough medical evidence for a decision to be made without a face-to-face assessment
If the DWP feels that there is not enough evidence to make a paper-based decision, your child may have to attend a face-to-face or telephone assessment.
Once you send your form, you may get a letter saying your child will be assessed in person or by phone. This may also happen if the DWP feels that there is not enough evidence to do a paper-based assessment.
If this type of assessment is not accessible, you can ask for reasonable adjustments.
Contact the organisation that sent you the letter. This will be Capita or Independent Assessment Services.