how PIP is assessed
An important part of assessing your ability to carry out each activity is assessing whether you are able to do the activity ‘reliably’. Here, ‘reliably’ means that all of the following points apply.
- That you can do the activity ‘safely’. This means that you can do the activity while keeping yourself and others safe, and avoid harm. For example, doing the activity in a way that would not cause any accident or injury if you had a seizure.
- That you can do the activity to a ‘necessary and appropriate standard’ each time you do it. What is necessary and appropriate will depend on the type of activity you are doing. For example, cooking food so that it is edible, or dressing appropriately for the weather.
- That you can do the activity ‘repeatedly’. This means being able to do the activity as frequently as reasonably required. For example, being able to take medication for your epilepsy every time that you need to during the day.
- That you can do the activity in a ‘timely manner’. This means taking no more than twice as long as the longest time it would take someone without a disability to do it. For example, if you are able to walk to the shop at the end of your street, but it takes you two hours to do this, this would not be considered ‘in a timely manner’, if someone without a disability would be able to do this in 10 minutes, even if they were walking very slowly.
If you are not able to do an activity ‘reliably’, in all the four ways listed above, even with an aid or appliance, then you will be considered unable to do that activity.
How this applies to filling in the form
For each activity, include in your answer:
- whether you are able to carry out the activity reliably (as explained above) or not;
- what help you might need (whether you actually get that help or not) which could include someone else doing things for you, helping you to do things, or reminding you to do things; and,
- the possible result (including any risks) of doing the activity, and of doing the activity without help.
You can also include whether doing the activity causes you any pain or discomfort, breathlessness or anxiety, or causes you to be very tired.
It is also important to include:
- how often things happen (such as how often you have a seizure);
- how long things last (such as how long a seizure lasts or how long it takes to recover from a seizure); and
- how long it takes you to do things (see ‘timely manner’ above).
Definitions of terms used in the form
The PIP application form includes some specific wording about ‘aids and appliances’ and ‘50% of the time’.
- Aids or appliances are things that help you to do an activity, such as a walking stick, wheelchair or walk-in shower. An aid or appliance can be something specifically developed to help someone with disabilities, or it can be something else which you use to help you with with an activity (where you wouldn’t be able to do the activity without it).
- 50% of the time: for the impact of your condition to be taken into account, it must affect you at some point during the day, for more than 50% (half) of days, over a 12 month period. This could include both at the time of the seizure and during the time it takes you to recover from the seizure and feel ‘back to normal’ again afterwards. Using a seizure diary can be a good way of showing how frequently your seizures happen or how often you have difficulties due to your condition. Order our free seizure diary through our online shop.