Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging, impacting not just your health but also your ability to work and perform everyday activities. In the UK, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) offers a beacon of hope, providing financial support to those living with long-term health conditions or disabilities, including Crohn’s disease. This comprehensive guide aims to navigate the complexities of PIP claims for Crohn’s sufferers, ensuring you are well-informed and equipped to access the support you deserve.

Understanding PIP and Crohn’s Disease

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit designed to help with some of the extra costs if you have a long-term health condition or disability. Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), significantly affects individuals’ lives, making them potentially eligible for PIP. The key to a successful claim lies in understanding how your condition affects you, rather than the condition itself.

The Impact of Crohn’s on Daily Living

Crohn’s disease can lead to symptoms ranging from abdominal pain and diarrhea to fatigue and weight loss. These symptoms can fluctuate in severity, leading to unpredictability in daily life. For many, the condition also affects their mental health, adding another layer of difficulty.

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The PIP Claim Process for Crohn’s Disease

Applying for PIP involves several steps, from the initial application to assessments and decision-making. Here’s what you need to know:

Starting Your PIP Claim

The first step is to contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and start your PIP claim. You’ll need to provide basic information, including how your condition affects your daily life and mobility.

Filling Out the PIP2 Form

After initiating your claim, you’ll receive a PIP2 form, also known as ‘How your disability affects you’. It’s crucial to detail how Crohn’s disease impacts your daily tasks and mobility here. Be honest and thorough, providing examples of your daily struggles.

The PIP Assessment

Some applicants may need to attend a face-to-face assessment. This is your opportunity to discuss your condition in detail with a health professional. They’ll ask about your daily activities, focusing on how Crohn’s affects your ability to perform them.

Understanding the PIP Criteria

PIP is divided into two components: daily living and mobility. Each has two rates (standard and enhanced), determined by how your condition affects you. For Crohn’s sufferers, ‘managing toilet needs’ (part of the daily living component) is particularly relevant. The assessment focuses on points, with specific activities, like managing toilet needs or controlling bowels and bladder, earning you a certain number of points based on the severity of your condition.

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Tips for a Successful PIP Claim with Crohn’s

  • Be Detailed: When filling out your application or speaking during your assessment, provide specific examples of how Crohn’s affects your daily life.
  • Medical Evidence is Key: Include all relevant medical reports, doctor’s notes, and any other evidence of your condition and how it impacts you.
  • Consider Professional Help: Organizations and charities specializing in Crohn’s disease can offer advice and support throughout your application process.

How Contend Can Help

At Contend, we understand the challenges faced by individuals with Crohn’s disease, especially when navigating the complexities of PIP claims. Our AI legal experts are here to provide guidance, helping you understand your rights and the best ways to articulate how your condition affects your daily life. Chat with our AI legal assistant today for clear answers and support tailored to your unique situation.


Applying for PIP with Crohn’s disease may seem daunting, but understanding the process and what’s required can significantly increase your chances of a successful claim. Remember, the focus is on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself. With the right preparation and support, you can navigate the PIP claim process confidently.

At Contend, we’re committed to providing you with the legal guidance and support you need. Whether you’re just starting your PIP claim or need assistance along the way, our AI-powered platform is designed to offer personalized help. Chat with our legal expert today and take the first step towards securing the support you deserve.

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