In 2023, there were 5,224 PIP claimants with Long Covid listed as their main disabling condition. This makes it the 94th most common condition to get an award of PIP for out of over 500 conditions listed by the DWP.

So, if you have Long Covid 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.

Success rates

The success rate for PIP claims for Long Covid is 47%, compared to an overall average of 53%.  So you have a less than average chance of getting an award for Long Covid.

Award rates

23% of PIP claimants with Long Covid get the enhanced rate of both the daily living and the mobility component. 

Daily living awards
Enhanced daily living 27%
Standard daily living 62%
No daily living 11%

Mobility awards
Enhanced mobility 43%
Standard mobility 36%
No mobility 21%

89% of claimants with Long Covid who get an award get the daily living component, compared to 79% who get the mobility component.

Age range

The ages of those currently in receipt of PIP for Long Covid are:

  • 16-29 years  4%
  • 30-49 years  36%
  • 50-64 years  53%
  • 65 and over  8%

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.

Learn more or take the test

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

PIP test for Long Covid 

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 Long Covid

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

Because of Long Covid related cognitive issues (brain 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.

Brain 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 Long Covid.

There are more examples of how you might score points for Long Covid in our PIP test for Long Covid.

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

PIP test for Long Covid 

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.

PIP test for Long Covid 


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    Anon · 6 months ago
    I'm a Senior Healthcare Support Worker working in the Scottish NHS. I caught Covid at work back in April 2020, which developed into Long Covid. I've somehow managed to keep working, despite various hospital admissions and major collapses. I've previously helped one of my sons claim PIP for an ASD and co-morbid conditions, which was an extremely unpleasant business over many years. As a result, I didn't bother applying for PIP, now replaced by Scottish Adult Disability Payment, as I didn't feel like being put through the mill while unwell myself.
    However, my Occupational Therapist persuaded me to apply for Scottish Adult Disability, saying that the system is a lot better and the staff don't appear incentivised to block applications. I made a couple of phone calls, wrote up an application as the Social Security Scotland staff recommended, and had my application approved in less than two months. It was astonishingly straightforward and non-judgmental compared with years of dealing with the DWP and its subcontractors. 

    I was awarded the standard rate, which has been a big help as I've had to go private for support with Long Covid, paying for private GP, private LC/MC/CFS specialist doctor  and (soon) private neurophysiotherapy. Unfortunately my health board (and employer!) decided to go for a GP-led approach to LC and my rural surgery does not appear to accept my condition is genuine - despite diagnoses from various consultants. The payment also helps with the cost of incontinence products as the neurological impact of my LC presentation has given me severe bowel issues on top of chronic fatigue, chronic pain, cardiac issues, hearing and sight issues, numbness, cardiac issues and more. 

    The Scottish approach to Adult Disability applications, in my experiences, is a million times better than the DWP's approach.
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    Heather Mcbirnie · 6 months ago
    I was diagnosed with Long Covid while in hospital as went into a coma with it. I was in the hospital for a full month and when I came home my house had to get certain amendments made for me. It took me 18mths to get PIP and the process was a disgrace. I had medical people helping me and thus made no difference to my claim in the end my daughter had to go to an outside aid organisation that helps us where we stay. I also have had 2 strokes and other serious illnesses so it shows that they are out to put you off as much as possible and I will tell anyone to appeal and get as much help as you can.
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    Vee · 7 months ago
    I'm 26 and got long covid a year and a half ago. I made a PIP claim last summer and was awarded higher mobility and standard daily living. I made sure to explain that I feel too tired to walk anywhere most of the time (key phrase is 'less than half the time'), and when I do walk I can only do very short distances and very slowly.
    They didn't seem as interested in hearing about my difficulties with daily living tasks. There are no points for things like not being able to do the dishes or wash your clothes or clean your house sadly.
    I think a key factor in my good outcome was having letters from the long covid clinic I am under. I had written in detail about my limitations and they and my GP had then signed it.
    What I wish I had known: make sure you save your online form at the end because otherwise you won't be able to see what you wrote
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    Star · 7 months ago
    I’m a Mental Health Professional who contracted Covid at work (NHS) - previously fit, healthy and young!

    I’m not severely disabled by one infection. I can not walk and now rely on wheelchair or crutch most days, although majority of the time I’m couch / bedbound.

    I now suffer with a condition called MCAS mast cell activation syndrome- meaning I am now allergic to EVERYTHING! - I’ve have been forced to eat only 9 foods | water only since my infection last March 2022.
    I’ve lost substantial amounts of weight - weighing similar to a child.

    I can no longer use toothpaste, body care | hair products or anything that involves chemicals, scents or other!
    - I have allergic reactions to them all. Even natural products such as coconut oil.

    Furthermore, I can no longer go out in the sun - because I’m now allergic to UV rays.

    I can no longer tolerate any supplement, medications- which puts me at risk of getting unwell and suffering more. However, if I take these medications etc - I can go into anaphylactic states, just like when I try to eat foods and all the rest.

    I also react to the environment including VOCs such as toxins released from new carpets and other furniture types. 

    I have around 7 permanent conditions that I have been diagnosed with, inc ME/CFS, POTS, Fibro , MCAS, Sun Allergy, Food intolerances and still under investigation for others.

    My experience with claiming PIP was fortunately successful, however very stressful. I had to get help to complete the forms and provide additional evidence and personal statements from people who help care for me and other documentation from all of my specialists I am currently seeing. 

    I fear the day, I have to reapply. I claim ESA too - which I find more difficult to navigate.

    I am no longer able to function independently and can no longer continue to work in the capacity I did. I am in the process of potentially losing my career, as I have been on sick leave since I caught Covid last year.

    It has destroyed my whole life! 
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