In 2023, there were 9,433 PIP claimants with OCD listed as their main disabling condition. This makes it the seventy second most common condition to get an award of PIP for out of over 500 conditions listed by the DWP.

So, if you have OCD 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.

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You can read more about claiming PIP for OCD 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 OCD is 54%, compared to an overall average of 53%.  So you have a slightly more than average chance of getting an award for OCD.

Award rates

20% of PIP claimants with OCD, get the enhanced rate of both the daily living and the mobility component. 

Daily living awards
Enhanced daily living 56%
Standard daily living 41%
No daily living 3%

Mobility awards
Enhanced mobility 24%
Standard mobility 41%
No mobility 35%

97% of claimants with OCD who get an award get the daily living component, compared to 65% who get the mobility component.

Age range

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

  • 16-29 years  27%
  • 30-49 years  43%
  • 50-64 years  24%
  • 65 and over  6%

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 OCD

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

You may procrastinate or put off preparing meals and so need someone to prompt you to start the task.

You may be distracted by intrusive thoughts and so need someone to prompt you to complete all the stages of cooking a meal.

You may perform ritualistic behaviours, such arranging your food in a certain way or repeatedly washing your hands, and so need prompting to focus on eating. 

You may need supervision to take your medication because, even if you are reminded, you very often get your medication out but then get distracted by intrusive thoughts and forget to take it.

You may change your clothes much more frequently than other people because of obsessions or compulsions related to hygiene.  You may need someone to prompt you to change them at appropriate times. 

You may not be able to wash to an ‘acceptable standard’ because you have obsessions or compulsions around personal hygiene meaning that you wash excessively.  You may need another person to prompt you about the frequency of washing.

You may avoid using the toilet because of your OCD symptoms.  You need prompting from another person to make sure you go to the toilet regularly enough.  You may have experienced bladder infections from avoiding using the toilet.

OCD may cause you to undertake rituals, such as repeating the same word or phrase a set number of times or until you feel you’ve got it ‘right’.  This may prevent you from conveying information within a reasonable time. 

Intrusive thoughts may mean you cannot follow a conversation well enough to fully participate in it unless you have another person with you to prompt or support you. 

The urge to check things repeatedly may mean that trying to follow a bus or train timetable causes you distress and you need someone to support you with this.

The need to repeatedly check doors and windows are secure may make it hard for you to leave the house without support from another person.

OCD could cause you to have intrusive thoughts about hurting someone or putting yourself in danger unless you follow a specific route.  Any diversions or obstacles could render you unable to continue your journey unless you have someone with you for support. 

Benefits and Work members can also download a ‘PIP for OCD 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.

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    Tracey · 23 days ago
    I’ve applied for PIP after receiving it once. Reapplied and was turned down. I suffer from stress and anxiety after having a brain tumour. I have severe OCD where I constantly wash my hands and change my clothes up to 4-5 times a day. It cripples me and costs so much money as I get thru between 12-20 500-600 ml of soap a week plus at least 12 packs of wipes too. I’m on medication but every day is a struggle. Due to anxiety I also have IBS so often get double incontinence yet I was told I didn’t qualify for PIP.
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    JLee · 1 months ago
    I r hope Labour makes things a bit better,,,,?
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    Amber · 6 months ago
    I got PIP for OCD for some discriptors although only standard award, washing and dressing and preparing food. Other discriptor was not for OCD. I never thought about putting I constantly check cooker, straightners and plugs before I leave the house. I have other mobility issues all relating to mental health but in 2017 I never applied for mobility as I thought it would be another excuse for DWP to deny an award. My initial award was 2017 and was a huge battle. 3 times I applied and 3 hearings, this after an assessor gave me the points but DWP stripped me of them and I had to appeal. The appeal was won in my absence. 
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    Michelle · 6 months ago
    My son gets pip he has OCD and an underactive thyroid.  His OCD makes him very withdrawn, moody, and is very hot tempered. He washes his hands numerous times a day washes cutlery and dishes when they are already clean, numerous things really. He attended a special needs school.  I think it's a really misunderstood condition, the assessments are a waste of time they don't know about every ailment people have. I have epilepsy they told me that wasn't a disability if I'm not able to do something due to seizures the that's a disability! My son receives higher rates on both parts of pip he barely goes out , hardly comes out of his room won't even eat his food downstairs.  He's become a recluse with OCD. 
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    Christine · 6 months ago
    The link on this page goes to a page on COPD which fits with the text. Should be for OCD?
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    Steph · 6 months ago
    I'm currently appealing my award for PIP after an assessment in August, I've been receiving PIP since 2018 for OCD and anxiety, the assessment came and she seemed so nice and understanding...her letter was the total opposite resulting in my PIP ending due to change of circumstances! I submitted a mandatory reconsideration that was turned down, so now the stress of a tribunal ahead. I was receiving standard daily living component and standard mobility, the stress of this has had a huge impact on my mental health and especially my OCD which has got really bad, I'm washing my hands constantly to the point they are cracked and sore. I'm hoping the tribunal will see what the dwp are brushing over and reinstate PIP again, I've found it reassuring on here listening to others experiences. 
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      Steph · 6 months ago
      @Rosemarie davey Can you appeal Rosemarie? I'm so angry at the dwp and how they treat people just like you my assessment was via a phone call...
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      Rosemarie davey · 6 months ago
      @Steph I use to get high rate of pip I did a telephone call and they put me back to low how can they tell what I am like over the phone I feel that I don't won't to live anymore because the dwp
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