Understanding the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a plan put into place by the UK government to help with the extra costs of living as a result of long term ill health or disability for people aged 16 – 64. You will need an assessment to work out the amount you could receive, but today we will outline how the mobility component of PIP works.

Qualifying for the PIP mobility component

Part of the PIP is intended to cover the additional transportation costs that you may incur due to your disability. When looking to see if you qualify for the mobility component of PIP there are two main activities that will be looked into. These are the ability to plan a journey and the ability to move around.

  • Planning a journey – this covers the difficulties people with learning difficulties, mental health issues or sensory impairments may experience.
  • Moving around – this covers the difficulties experienced by people with physical problems, including entering and exiting a car and/or driving difficulties.

Scoring the PIP mobility component

Your assessor will be looking at the level of difficulty you have within each of the criteria. The level of difficulty you suffer will affect the rate you will receive. A person with a score of 8-10 will receive the standard rate of PIP mobility and someone who scores 12 will receive the higher rate of PIP mobility. Below you can see the criteria in question.

Understanding the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment

Assessment of activities

When your assessor decides what level of PIP applies to you, they will consider whether you can carry out the activities above reliably. They will be looking to see if you can do them:

  • Safely – in a way that will not cause harm to yourself or others, either during the activity or afterwards.
  • To an acceptable standard – the task has been carried out completely.
  • Repeatedly – you can complete the task as often as needed and as required to do so.
  • In a reasonable time – the activity should take no more than twice as long as someone without a disability would take to complete it.

If you are unable to complete the tasks as above, then your assessor will look at using the higher scoring descriptor for your PIP mobility component.

How much are you entitled to?

The current weekly rate for standard PIP mobility component is £21.55 with the higher rate being £56.75. As mentioned before, the rate you will receive will depend on your assessment so these figures should only be treated as a guideline. All payments once agreed will be paid into your bank account.

What if my circumstances change?

You must contact PIP if your circumstances change as this may affect the amount you receive towards your mobility component. Things that count as a change of circumstance include a change of condition, hospital or care home stay of over four weeks, going abroad for more than thirteen weeks and imprisonment.

If you’re looking for a mobility vehicle and would like to speak to a specialist to find out what is best suited for your requirements, please give us a call on 01824 707773.