PIP – A Guide to Applications


This authoritative guide takes you through the process of applying for Personal Independence Payment. This is a disabled benefit that is not means-tested. The guide features tips relevant to people with M.E. and is a must-read if you are considering an application.


Personal Independence Payment (PIP) replaced Disability Living Allowance for people disabled by M.E. It is paid regardless of your employment status and level of income.

This authoritative guide from Ann Innes (Welfare Adviser to the ME Association) will help ensure your understanding of what is required when making an application or when going through the review process.

It features many tips relevant to someone with M.E. that should be considered when completing the forms:

“For people with M.E., it is particularly important to remember that you do not have to be completely unable to carry out a task in order to score points. You score points when you cannot complete the task in question ‘reliably’…”

Applying for benefits still seems like a postcode lottery despite government assurances to the contrary. We hope that with this guide you will stand a better chance of success.

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.