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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) toolkit

Daily Living

The daily living component is paid at two rates – the standard rate and the enhanced rate. The PIP2 application form asks questions about a number of activities related to daily living. You are awarded points for your answer to each question.

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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, you can 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 all of the points you score from any of the relevant daily living activities. If you satisfy more than one descriptor (description of how you manage) for any activity then you will be awarded the score from the descriptor 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?
  • Can you complete each task as often as you need to?
  • Do you use aids to help you complete the task? If you use an aid do you still need help for some parts of the task? For example, a raised tactile marker might aid you to set the temperature of the oven when cooking, but you still might need help to prepare and chop food to be cooked.

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