Navigating the intricacies of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims, especially concerning daily living activities like preparing food, can be daunting. This comprehensive guide aims to demystify the process, offering clear, actionable advice for those in the UK seeking to understand their eligibility and how to make a claim effectively. With Contend’s revolutionary AI legal assistance, understanding and navigating PIP claims has never been easier.

Understanding PIP and Daily Living Component

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit designed to help adults with extra costs they might face due to a long-term health condition or disability. The PIP assessment considers two main components: the daily living component and the mobility component. Preparing food falls under the daily living component, which assesses your ability to engage in everyday activities.

What Does ‘Preparing Food’ Encompass?

When assessing PIP claims, ‘preparing food’ refers to the activities involved in making a simple meal for one. This includes:

  • Planning a meal
  • Obtaining ingredients
  • Cooking food to an edible state
  • Serving food

It’s essential to understand that the assessment looks at your ability to safely, to an acceptable standard, repeatedly, and in a reasonable time frame, complete these tasks.

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Eligibility Criteria for PIP

To be eligible for PIP, you must be aged 16 to State Pension age, have a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability, and have difficulty with daily living or getting around (or both) for three months and expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months. Your eligibility isn’t based on the condition itself but on how your condition affects you.

Assessing Your Ability to Prepare Food

The PIP assessment awards points based on the level of difficulty you face in preparing food. Points can range from 0 to 8 for this activity, with higher points indicating greater difficulty or inability to perform the task without assistance.

  • 0 points if you can prepare and cook a simple meal unaided.
  • 2 points if you need to use an aid or appliance to be able to either prepare or cook a simple meal.
  • 4 points if you require supervision or prompting to be able to prepare or cook a simple meal.
  • 8 points if you are unable to prepare or cook a simple meal.
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Making a PIP Claim for Preparing Food

Starting Your Claim

To start your PIP claim, you need to contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). You can do this by phone or by post. Initially, you’ll provide basic information, and then you’ll be sent a ‘How your disability affects you’ form (PIP2).

Completing the PIP2 Form

When filling out the PIP2 form, it’s crucial to detail how your condition affects your ability to prepare food. Be specific about the challenges you face, including any risks or safety issues involved in performing this task. If you use aids or appliances, like a perching stool or a specially designed kitchen tool, mention these and explain why they’re necessary.

Supporting Evidence

Including supporting evidence with your claim can significantly impact its success. This can be:

  • Medical reports
  • Care plans
  • A detailed personal statement
  • Letters from carers or family members who witness your daily struggles

The Assessment

Most claimants will be asked to attend a face-to-face assessment, conducted by a health professional. During this assessment, be honest and open about your difficulties. It’s not the time to downplay your needs.

How Contend Can Help

At Contend, we understand that navigating PIP claims, especially for tasks like preparing food, can be overwhelming. Our AI legal experts are here to guide you through every step of the process. By chatting with our AI legal assistant, you can get clear, tailored advice on how to articulate your difficulties effectively and gather the right supporting evidence for your claim. Our technology is designed to simplify legal processes, making them accessible and understandable for everyone.


Applying for PIP based on difficulties with preparing food involves understanding the criteria, accurately detailing your challenges, and providing supporting evidence. While the process may seem intricate, it’s manageable with the right guidance and support.

Remember, Contend is here to provide you with the legal guidance and support you need to navigate your PIP claim successfully. Our AI-driven platform is built by legal experts, offering you trustworthy assistance at your fingertips. Don’t let the complexity of legal processes deter you from getting the support you deserve. Chat now with Contend’s legal expert and take the first step towards a successful PIP claim.

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