This chapter sets out our proposals relating to eligibility for Personal Independence Payment.
Individuals must have a long-term disability or health condition in order to be eligible for the benefit. The Act includes provision for this in the form of a 12 month required period condition, consisting of a three-month qualifying period and nine-month prospective test. This section sets out the proposed approach in relation to individuals re-claiming the benefit under linking rules and how the required period condition may be modified in certain circumstances.
The intention is that individuals will also have to satisfy certain rules on residence and presence, and conditions will apply to temporary absences abroad.