Personal Independence Payment: Long Covid

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th September 2022.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with long covid have been awarded the Personal Independence Payment (a) daily living standard, (b) daily living enhanced, (c) mobility standard and (d) mobility enhanced rate since March 2021.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The latest available data on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decisions split by type of decision (i.e. whether the claim was awarded, disallowed or withdrawn), main disabling condition, and Daily Living and Mobility award, can be found on Stat-Xplore.

The relevant categorisation is ‘Coronavirus Covid-19' and can be found under the disability subcategory ‘Viral diseases’ which is under the main disability category of ‘Infectious disease’.

Data is based on primary disabling condition as recorded on the PIP computer systems. Claimants may often have multiple disabling conditions upon which the decision is based but only the primary condition is available for statistical purposes and shown in these statistics. Therefore there may be other claimants where the ongoing impact of a Covid infection has influenced the award of PIP.

Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here.

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