In 2023, there were 94,130 PIP claimants with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) listed as their main disabling condition. This makes it the seventh most common condition to get an award of PIP for out of over 500 conditions listed by the DWP.

So, if you have COPD and it affects your daily living activities, such as cooking, washing, dressing or mixing with other people or your ability to get around, you should definitely consider making a claim.

Learn more or take the test

You can read more about claiming PIP for COPD or take our simple online test now to find out if you might be able to make a claim.

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Success rates

The success rate for PIP claims for COPD is 65%, compared to an overall average of 53%.  So you have a more than average chance of getting an award for COPD.

Award rates

30% of PIP claimants with COPD, get the enhanced rate of both the daily living and the mobility component. 

Daily living awards
Enhanced daily living 35%
Standard daily living 58%
No daily living 7%

Mobility awards
Enhanced mobility 58%
Standard mobility 32%
No mobility 11%

93% of claimants with COPD who get an award get the daily living component, compared to 90% who get the mobility component.

Age range

The ages of those currently in receipt of PIP for COPD are:

  • 16-29 years  0%
  • 30-49 years  6%
  • 50-64 years  50%
  • 65 and over  44%

PIP rates

The rates of PIP from April 2024 are:

Daily Living component
Standard rate: £72.65
Enhanced rate: £108.55

Mobility component
Standard rate: £28.70
Enhanced rate: £75.75

 So, an award of the enhanced rate of PIP for both components means an extra £184.30 a week. 

PIP  is paid on top of almost every other benefit and may lead to an increase in some benefits or entitlement to additional benefits.

The enhanced rate of the mobility component also gives access to the Motability scheme.

How you qualify for PIP

This information applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland – Scotland has a separate system.  You need to be aged at least 18 before you can receive PIP and you need to start your claim before you reach state pension age.

The best way to decide whether you might be eligible for PIP is to look through this list of PIP activities and think about the ways that your condition affects your ability to carry them out.  You are awarded points according to the level of difficulty you have with each of these activities, with sufficient points leading to an award of PIP.

Daily living activities
There are 10 daily living activities:

  • Preparing food
  • Taking nutrition
  • Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition
  • Washing and bathing
  • Managing toilet needs or incontinence
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Communicating verbally
  • Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words
  • Engaging with other people face-to-face
  • Making budgeting decisions

Mobility activities
There are two mobility activities:

  • Planning and following journeys
  • Moving around

Remember that you need to be able to complete the activities

  • to a reasonable standard,
  • safely,
  • repeatedly
  • taking no more than twice as long as it would take a person without a health condition.

Points for COPD

Below are some examples of the issues that you might have because of COPD.  Do remember, that if you have other conditions, you can take those into account too.

Due to wheezing or stopping to catch your breath, it may take you more than twice as long to prepare/cook a meal as someone without COPD.  You could score points for PIP because you cannot prepare a meal within a reasonable time.

You may need supervision whilst eating because of the risk of fainting if you start to cough (cough syncope). 

If you experience difficulties with phlegm first thing in the morning, you may need someone to prompt or supervise you to carry out chest clearance exercises. 

The exertion involved in washing may mean you require a lengthy rest afterwards, so you could argue that you cannot wash to an acceptable standard. 

Benefits and Work members can also download a ‘PIP for COPD Supplementary Guide’ from the PIP Guides page with even more examples and case studies, to complement our main guide to claiming PIP.

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Take the next step 

Claiming PIP isn't easy. And getting the correct award is even harder.

But there are things you can do to greatly increase your chances of getting the right result.

One of them is to use our highly detailed, step-by-step Guide to PIP claims and reviews, which will support you through every stage of the system.

Because filling in the 37 page PIP2 ‘How your disability affects you’ form in as much detail as possible is vital.

It not only means you are giving accurate and consistent evidence from the outset, it also improves your chances of overturning an unfair decision if you have to go to appeal.  

Our guide takes you through the PIP2 form, box-by-box, explaining the kind of information you need to put in each one.

Being fully prepared for an assessment is vital too. Knowing what questions you are likely to be asked and what unspoken assumptions may be made based on your answers, unless you deal with them, can make all the difference.  Our guide will ensure you are as ready as you possibly can be.

And because we’ve been supporting claimants for 20 years and have a community of thousands of members who keep us updated with their experiences, we can make sure you are prepared for any unfair tactics the DWP might employ.

And we have guides to every other part of your PIP claim too, from mandatory reconsideration, to appeal to review.  Plus a forum where you can ask questions, regular news items and more.

So, whether you’ve tried claiming PIP before and been unsuccessful, or you’ve never had any experience of the benefits system, join the Benefits and Work community to give yourself the best possible chance of getting the right award.

Even if you are not ready to subscribe to the site yet, you can download our guide to ‘The First Steps To PIP Success’ for free and also join the 120,000 people who subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter.

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    Sean thompson · 1 months ago
    Can I get extra money from pip because I get copd
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    Pat Higgins · 5 months ago
    I have claimed PIP for Fybromyalgia and Anxiety and I’m Autistic. The first time the so called professional lied and I was awarded no points, so no money. I challenged the decision and complained about the Assessor and won. The second time I had to go to Tribunal and also won. I realise it’s a long and difficult time, but it’s worth challenging the decision and make sure you keep your original documents and photocopy them and the claim form just in case they claim they have not received it. Ask for help to fill in the form if necessary and make use of the information on this website.
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    Paul benstead · 6 months ago
    Wouldn't even bother applying for pip they are unprofessional  idiots  it's more like an interrogation 
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    Mash · 6 months ago
    Is anyone there for advice?
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    Ziggi6 · 7 months ago
    My daughter tried to claim PIP due to having 2 ruptures in her neck and injury to her shoulder is still waiting to be seen by a consultant and already waited months for MRI's and for an actual appointment.  She is self employed and now unable to work she was rejected by PIP and asked for a reconsideration.  Said she wanted to go to Tribunal if rejected.  DWP did not have all the facts due to her waiting for further tests and ongoing waiting times.  Also has other medical conditions reactions to gluten and milk.  This is still ongoing considering she was told she should not work due to her injuries how is she supposed to live, also has two children one of which has medical condition that requires the need for care as well.   Just hope she will get seen soon and that she will get PIP to help her live she suffers with constant migraines and sickness so has no quality of life and its impacting on her family.  Doctors do not talk to one another and waiting times to be seen are now far too long.  Even the hospitals do not talk to one another or use the same systems so she has suffered due to this as well.  Anyone know of anyone who has gone through this and got help would be appreciated.
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    Sarah · 7 months ago
    I have COPD along with other conditions mainly cervical radiculopathy which affects my neck and hands and diverticulitis. I have been awarded 11 points out of 12 =Standard Daily Living and 12 out of 12 Enhanced Mobility. I am 47 years old and this was a review claim - my previous claim was awarded just for standard daily living in 2020 (emphysema COPD was not diagnosed until April 2022 but I did have a diagnosis of chronic asthma prior to that on my original claim) this was awarded for 3 years ending October 2023. I received my review form back in February 23 I sent it back with lots of evidence including my full medical summary care record from my GP, a document from breathing space for pulmonary rehabilitation, copies of test results and other reports including from the pain management clinic and spinal orthopaedic consultant at the hospital. I had a telephone assessment in August which lasted 40 minutes. The assessor said she could hear my breathlessness throughout the call. I did not find the call traumatic or stressful, In fact the assessor was very good she understood my condition. I received text updates throughout the process from DWP they informed me when they had my form back and that they had sent it to an assessor. They informed me when they had the assessment back and were looking at it to make a decision and then they informed me when the decision had been made to tell me the letter was on its way to me. I received the award letter end Sep 23 and  my new award was backdated to Feb 23 so I received a lump sum in my bank account and now I have applied for a motability vehicle and I'm waiting for it to arrive. Overall it was a very positive experience and I'm very pleased. 
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    Diane · 8 months ago
    I find this benefit a load of rubbish many people don’t contract these illnesses until they reach 65+ my father has coped aspestocis (don’t think that’s how you spell it sorry) and a pace maker and cellulitis his car has packed in his only way of getting about and has been told he can only claim carers allowance he’s 78 and worked bloody hard all his life and paid his taxes now he’s going to live his last years stuck in doors with no money and no car this country stinks it’s about time the government looked after the older people !!!
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      Patrick Sweeney · 29 days ago
      @Tam ratcliffe No im 33 years old and I have copd 
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      Tam ratcliffe · 2 months ago
      @Diane So you only get COPD 65 plus so does that mean you can't have a stroke or a heart attack 65 plus aswell IAM 63 had COPD for a few years now when working fithe NCB no protection for us in
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      Pat Higgins · 5 months ago
      @Diane I’m really sorry to hear about your dad, they stop awarding PIP when you retire or reach retirement age. I’m 69 and only discovered this after claiming myself. I had already been receiving up prior to retirement so thankfully I was able to continue claiming it, but they won’t give you the higher rate for mobility then, even though our mobility is more limited and more likely to deteriorate with age than younger people. So like your dad I was left without a car, and I’m autistic and struggle to use public transport and it’s impacted upon my mental health. Claim for Attendance Allowance at least it’s something. I hope things improve for your dad 🙏🏻.
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      EP · 7 months ago
      @Diane Try applying for Attendance Allowance instead of PIP.
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    Jo · 8 months ago
    Hi
    We applied for DLA initially back in 2010 and were awarded it, then we had an issue and I had to go and present myself in front of a judge type person and a GP for my husband as he was unable to get there. After several phone calls to get the permission to do so on my husbands behalf, taking the name and date and department that gave me the permission.
    When I got to the board, I was asked why I was there instead of my husband I told him why, he then said the meeting would have to stop. I showed him said permission and details and he let me proceed. Every so far along the meeting the judge guy kept stating things that weren’t relevant to which I said it is with no disrespect but I would like to put this question to this lady medic who would have a vast knowledge of my husbands illnesses etc, and I kept doing this all the way through, also pointing out there errors in my husbands application. I also kept counter arguing his points across to the lady medic in attendance asking her opinions.in a very calm manner. I was absolutely shaking like a leaf inside, but was determined for my husband.
    Eventually said judge said can you just leave the room for a few moments while we discuss your husbands case, and we’ll call you back in
    They then called me back and he literally threw  the application Across the table at me and mumbled the allowances will be reinstated.
    I stood up, moved toward the lady medic , put out my hand and thanked her profusely for understanding everything that pertained to my husband. I also turned to the judge and said thank you but it might be worth if he had more knowLedge in regards to each persons ailments. And walked out. I’m not the brain of Britain, but the birmingham carers hub helped me word a few things correctly but I can honestly say I’m proud of myself for fight what is right for a vulnerable adult such as my husband.
    So please all out there… DONT Give Up get as much help and support there is going
    Take care all
    Jo
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      Pat Higgins · 5 months ago
      @Jo Well Done Jo! You stood up for your husband’s rights and won. It takes real courage to do that and you deserve to be proud of yourself, your an inspiration 🤗
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    Richard · 8 months ago
    I have received ESA, Support group,  and the full rates for both elements of PIP since 2011. I have both mental and physical issues.  I was assessed face to face by ESA then PIP (Both ATOS) once at the very beginning I had submitted about 3,000 pages of medical reports/medical records, letters between doctors eg. GP to hospital Consultant (all of which you are entitled to get perhaps for a small fee eg. One hospital I attend charged £50 another did the copies for Free, paying is better than losing or not getting benefits).
    Since then I have only done "Paper assessments" submitting even more documents,  I have been reassessed twice by ESA since 2011 and once by PIP (Now I get a light touch review every 10 years)

    My recommendation to everyone is to gather as much paper evidence,  every time you see a Doctor or get referred ask for a copy, it's your right. 

    Next, absolutely FLOOD the DWP/Assessors with evidence.  Most don't even read it all, perhaps skim a little,  and in my case got  top whack of benefits given without a face to face or telephone assessment. 

    I have helped at least 6 other people with claims, I was a Service User Representative at my local MH Trust and all either got new claims approved or increased.

    Ask local Service User groups for help withclaims, even your GP Practice should have one, as well as paying a small but worthwhile fee to access the rest of this site.

    Good luck to all, and hope this helps at least one person. 👍
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    Ian Parkin · 8 months ago
    I have enhanced PIP Mobility & Daily Living.  Part of my claim was for Anxiety, Depression & Mini Stroke.  It took nearly 8 years think it was to get to where I am.  Having assessments done by apparent fully trained assessors matching my diagnosed conditions to corrupt appeal panel members.  But my last review was 2020 and was a telephone appointment and had a 'Nurse' and ended up with my current status and an 'ongoing' award.  But, when I claimed ESA with the same information I was awarded the full amount and in the support group without any assessments etc.  The moral of my story is Never Give Up, you can win, albeit after a lengthy time.
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    Andrew D · 8 months ago
    I get full PIP, both living and mobility, based largely on my COPD. I did have to go to the tribunal, circa three years ago, to get the mobility element increased to enhanced. The DWP assessors seem to take it upon themselves to decide the critical, 'walk further than 20mtrs' descriptor  could be done. The tribunal disagreed and awarded me the enhanced rate.
     My review for the original award increased my living component to enhanced. The review process length was ridiculous (18 months) finally awarded in Feb. of this year. My original award had long expired by the time of the review decision although, in fairness, the DWP paid me all through the expired period.
    The 18mth wait was blamed on the massive increase in new PIP applicants (by the DWP) who decided it was better to clear those first and decided to devote their manpower to clearing that backlog first.
    That 18mths wait was err..stressful to say the least (oh the irony).
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    SB · 8 months ago
    I got enhanced pip for daily living and mobility I have COPD and other health conditions including difficulty in swallowing light touch review in 10 years I was lucky my local council put me in touch with benefits advisor who used to be a decision maker for pip.
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    Graham · 8 months ago
    I have just recieved a call from pip who initially told me I had only scored 11 points because I could handle medication myself,and that I was on one known medication, his was done by the medical accessor, I said that I've never being on that in my life.
    I then was told she was putting my original score back up and granted me 10 yrs grace.
    All I can say is a big thank you to her for listening to me ,and I can rest a bit more easier now.
    Not all DWP are heartless.
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    Sheila · 8 months ago
    I tried once to get PIP but didn’t get it. At the time I had no reserves in me to take it further. I now have LCWRA. Wondering whether it’s worth trying again? 
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      Sarah · 7 months ago
      @Sheila I get LCWRA and I applied for PIP originally 2020 and was awarded standard daily living I've just had a reassessment and I've been awarded standard daily living again for also enhanced mobility so I would definitely give it a try you've got nothing to lose.
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    Huw Jones · 8 months ago
    My wife has COPD as well as several other debilitating ailments & is having surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome for 2nd time in 4 years (something ignored by the assessment seemingly). As my wife reaches retirement age she would have no further assessments but move on to attendance allowance. Surprise, surprise then that from scoring 20 points on assessment in 2020 she scored zero points after a poor phone assessment then only 4 points on what is laughingly called a mandatory reconsideration. I have appealed to tribunal of course.
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    Ursula, support worker · 8 months ago
    I have a client who has been declined PIP and reconsideration was negative. We are now taking it to tribunal. This client was given the low work capability but this seems to be ignored.
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    alastair · 8 months ago
    Nurse threw out my claim but was laughed at by doctor in Tribunal.Ensure you go to Tribunal as a judge will award on doctors recommendation.I await either political party disagree with law.
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      Wendy · 7 months ago
      @Veronica brown Why are these comments not finished it’s quite confusing unless there’s something I’ve  perhaps missed.sincerely Wendy.
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      Arthur Morgan · 8 months ago
      @Veronica brown Hi Veronica, have you spoken to anyone to see if you can claim PIP or get some support? Age UK are always a good bet.
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      Veronica brown · 8 months ago
      @alastair Hi I have copd for many years and now it affects my heart, one valve is not closing properly.
      I'm on my own, and 72 femail.
      I'm so exhausted all the time, I'm so tired of even writing this message but I must 
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