Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit: Terminal Illnesses

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 7 September 2022.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the current average processing time is for applications for (a) Personal Independence Payment and (b) Universal Credit under the end-of-life criteria.

Photo of Julie Marson Julie Marson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Assistant Whip

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) processing times are available as part of the PIP Official Statistics quarterly release. The latest release, with data available to April 2022, is available here: tables-pip-statistics-to-april-2022.xlsx (

Table 2A provides processing time for New Claims made under for Special Rules for End of Life.

The new ‘end of life’ process was introduced from April 2022, analysts are currently developing and quality assuring the methodology for identifying UC end of life claims. We are therefore not yet in a position to provide average processing times for Universal Credit applications under the end-of-life criteria.

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