In 2023, there were 136,000 PIP claimants with fibromyalgia listed as their main disabling condition. This makes it the fourth most common condition to get an award of PIP for out of over 500 conditions listed by the DWP.
So, if you have fibromyalgia 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.
The success rate for PIP claims for fibromyalgia is 62%, compared to an overall average of 53%. So you have a better than average chance of getting an award for fibromyalgia.
26.5% of PIP claimants with fibromyalgia, get the enhanced rate of both the daily living and the mobility component.
Daily living awards
Enhanced daily living 34%
Standard daily living 65%
No daily living 1%
Enhanced mobility 42%
Standard mobility 33%
No mobility 25%
99% of claimants with fibromyalgia who get an award get the daily living component, compared to 75% who get the mobility component.
The ages of those currently in receipt of PIP for fibromyalgia are:
- 16-29 years 4%
- 30-49 years 35%
- 50-64 years 48%
- 65 and over 13%
The current rates of PIP are:
Daily Living component
Standard rate: £68.10
Enhanced rate: £101.75
Standard rate: £26.90
Enhanced rate: £71.00
So, an award of the enhanced rate of PIP for both components means an extra £172.75 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.
Learn more or take the test
You can read more about claiming PIP for fibromyalgia or take our simple online test now to find out if you might be able to make a claim.
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
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,
- taking no more than twice as long as it would take a person without a health condition.
Points for fibromyalgia
Below are some examples of the issues that you might have because of fibromyalgia. Do remember, that if you have other conditions, you can take those into account too.
Because of fibromyalgia related cognitive issues (fibro fog), you may have difficulty following cooking instructions and so not prepare food to an acceptable standard.
You may not have any appetite for food because of stomach pain, bloating or nausea and so need prompting or supervision to eat and drink.
Stiffness in your limbs may mean you are unable to pull clothes over your head or reach down to your feet to dress or undress, even with the use of aids, and so need assistance.
Fibro fog may prevent you from being able to follow timetables or read maps to plan a journey or may mean that you take more than twice as long as someone who does not have fibromyalgia.
There are more examples of how you might score points for fibromyalgia in our PIP test for fibromyalgia.
Benefits and Work members can also download a ten page, ‘PIP for Fibromyalgia Supplementary Guide’ from the PIP guides page with many more examples and detailed case studies, to complement our main guide to claiming PIP.
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.
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Finally, if you have claimed PIP for Fibromyalgia, please share your experience - good or bad - with readers in the comments section below.