Medical conditions with the highest PIP approval rates

Many Britons with long-term health problems and disabilities seek additional money from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It is estimated that around 30,000 claims for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) are approved monthly – double the number recorded in 2021.

The DWP pays up to £172 a week in PIP benefits to around three million people in England and Wales, while Scotland provides equivalent Adult Disability Pay to 300,000 people, according to the latest figures published in April 2023. Approximately one in three cases (36 per cent) ) received the highest award level.




The DWP’s decision to approve or decline benefits is based on how an illness affects a person’s daily life or mobility rather than a specific diagnosis. But some conditions are more likely to work than others, reports BirminghamLIve.

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What medical conditions are most likely to affect PIP?

Independent advisors on the Benefit and Work website recently analyzed data on PIP claims to see which medical conditions are most likely to be approved for those benefits. They found that several conditions were ‘highly likely’ to be awarded PIP benefits and these were:

  • Creutzfeldt Jacob’s disease (CJD ) – 100 percent claim approved
  • Down’s syndrome – 99.6 percent
  • Motor neuron disease – 97.5 percent
  • dementia – 94.1 percent

DWP’s own data shows that the majority of PIP plaintiffs suffer from psychiatric disorders. This broad categorization includes mixed anxiety and depressive disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and learning disabilities. But PIP app approval varies widely within this group.

Claims by people with schizophrenia have the highest success rate of 69.7 percent and claims by people with bipolar affective disorder are subsequent with a success rate of 61.3 percent. The success rate of claims based on a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis is 58.2 percent.

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