The daily living component is paid at two rates – the standard rate and the enhanced rate. The PIP 2 application form asks questions about a number of activities related to daily living. You are awarded points for your answer to each question.

The activities that we have identified as being most relevant to blind and partially sighted people are –

  • Preparing food
  • Eating and drinking
  • Managing treatments
  • Washing and bathing
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Reading
  • Mixing with other people

However, if other daily living activities are relevant to you do complete the pages on those activities as well.

Points awarded in daily living

You need to score at least 8 points to be awarded the standard rate of the daily living component and at least 12 points to be awarded the enhanced rate of the daily living component.

These points can be scored in one activity or by adding together any of the points you score from any of the daily living activities. If you can answer yes to more than one question within an activity you will be awarded the score from the question with the highest points.

Daily living checklist

When answering all the questions about daily living think about –

  • Can you complete these tasks safely?
  • What difficulties do you have with these tasks?
  • What help you need? Remember – what matters is whether you need help – not whether it is actually provided.
  • Do the difficulties that you have vary from day to day or throughout the day? If so, how does it vary and how often?
  • How long does it take you to complete each task?
  • Can you complete each task to an acceptable standard? For instance – do you get lost?
  • Can you complete each task as often as you need to?

If your answers to these questions are relevant to any of the daily living activities, put your answers in the sections called ‘Extra information’

Reading activity

This activity looks at your ability to read and understand signs, symbols and words in your native language. Find out more.