Personal Independence Payment: Parkinson's Disease

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10 May 2023.

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To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of personal independence payments (PIP) to support the financial needs of people with Parkinson's disease since the introduction of PIP 10 years ago.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Entitlement to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is assessed on the basis of the needs arising from a health condition or disability, rather than the health condition or disability itself. Award rates and their durations are set on an individual basis, based on the claimant’s needs and the likelihood of those needs changing. Award reviews allow for the correct rate of PIP to remain in payment, including where needs have increased because of a worsening condition.

PIP is a contribution to the extra costs arising from a disability or health condition. PIP is increased every April by at least the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Prices Index in September the previous year. PIP payments were uprated by 10.1% from April 2023.

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