Can my deaf child claim Personal Independence Payment?
To claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) your child must:
- be at least 16 years old
- be in Great Britain or Northern Ireland (your child can continue to get PIP if they’re abroad for a short period temporarily)
- have been in Great Britain or Northern Ireland for at least 104 weeks out of the last 156 weeks
- satisfy the habitual residence test.
- have a disability and/or illness which makes it more difficult to move around or manage daily activities
- have had difficulties with daily living activities and mobility for the last three months and expect this to last for at least the next nine months.
My child goes to a residential college. Can they claim?
Yes. When your child goes to a residential college they can keep the mobility component of PIP.
They’ll then lose the daily living component for any complete days (midnight to midnight) spent in a residential college after the first 28 days.
Days spent travelling between home and college count as days at college.
Two or more periods in a residential college will be added together towards the 28 days if 28 days or less separates them.
An uninterrupted period of 28 days at home is needed to start this process again, which would usually only happen in the summer holidays.