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Dozens of health conditions could make you entitled to claim £156 a week from DWP – here’s the full list

SEVERAL health conditions could entitle Brits to £156 a week from the Government.

Just short of three million people in the UK were claiming Personal Independence Payments by the end of April, according to the latest official figures.

Payments are made by the DWP to people who have long-term health conditions[/caption]

But it is believed millions more may be entitled due to their health issue.

The instalments from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are paid to those who have a long-term health conditions.

Government data shows as many as 70 health conditions which could entitle you to a payment.

And the DWP says 35 per cent of PIP claimants land the full amount, which could be over £600 a month.

In order to claim PIP, you would have to be assessed by a health professional to establish a health disability and work out how much you would be entitled to claim.



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The assessment would also need to demonstrate that you have had difficulties with daily living for three months or expect these difficulties to continue for at least nine months.

These are the 70 health conditions that have received payment from the DWP.

Cerebrovascular disease

  • Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
  • Cerebrovascular disease – Other / type not known
  • Transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs – also referred to as a “mini-stroke”)


  • Cataplexy (a sudden muscle weakness that occurs when someone is awake)
  • Generalised seizures (with status epilepticus in last 12 months)
  • Generalised seizures (without status epilepticus in last 12 months)
  • Narcolepsy (rare brain condition that causes people to fall asleep)
  • Partial seizures (with status epilepticus in last 12 months)
  • Partial seizures (without status epilepticus in last 12 months)
  • Seizures – unclassified
  • Sleep apnea

Non epileptic disturbance of consciousness

  • Disturbances of consciousness – Non-epileptic – Other / type not known
  • Drop attacks (sudden falls that occur without triggers)
  • Non epileptic Attack disorder (pseudoseizures)
  • Stokes Adams attacks (cardiovascular syncope – collapsing without warning)
  • Syncope – Other / type not known

Movement disorders

  • Blepharospasm (non-deliberate blinking or twitching from the eyelids)
  • Essential tremor – benign
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Movement disorders – Other / type not known
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Parkinson’s syndrome / Parkinsonism
  • Torticollis (tightness and cramp in neck muscles)
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Writer’s cramp
  • Multiple sclerosis

Benign tumours

  • Neurofibromatosis (condition that causes tumours to grow on the nerves)
  • Tumours – benign – Other / type not known
Those with long-term health issues could be entitled to £156 a week from the Government[/caption]


  • Hydrocephalus (build-up of fluid on the brain)
  • Dizziness – cause not specified
  • Headache – Other causes of / cause not known
  • Migraine

Head injury

  • Head injury – Cognitive and sensorimotor impairment
  • Head injury – Cognitive impairment
  • Head injury – Sensorimotor impairment

Spinal cord compression

  • Paraplegia (traumatic) – (loss of movement in the legs)
  • Spinal cord compression – Other causes of / cause not known
  • Syringomyelia / Syringobulbia (rare spinal injury)
  • Tetraplegia (traumatic) – (inability to move upper or lower parts of your body)

Degenerative neuronal diseases

  • Degenerative neuronal diseases – Other / type not known
  • Motor neurone disease

Cerebral palsy

  • Cerebral palsy – Ataxic
  • Cerebral palsy – Athetoid
  • Cerebral palsy – Diplegic
  • Cerebral palsy – Hemiplegic
  • Cerebral palsy – Other / type not known
  • Cerebral palsy – Quadriplegic

Spina bifida


  • Ataxia – Friedrich’s (inherited disorder that affects the nerves)
  • Ataxias – Other / type not known


  • Charcot Marie Tooth disease (inherited disorder that affects the nerves)
  • Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Guillain Barre syndrome (rare conditions that affects the nerves)
  • Neuropathies – Other / type not known including peripheral

Peripheral nerve injury

  • Brachial plexus (nerve damage in the shoulder, arm and hand)
  • Peripheral nerve injury – Other / type not known

Disease of muscle

  • Dermatomyositis (rare condition that causes muscle damage/weakness)
  • Dystrophia myotonica (rare condition that causes muscle damage/weakness)
  • Muscle – Other diseases of / type not known
  • Myasthenia gravis (rare condition that causes muscle damage/weakness)
  • Polymyositis (inflammatory disease which causes muscle weakness)

Muscular dystrophy

  • Facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (disorder of muscle weakness)
  • Muscular dystrophy – Becker type
  • Muscular dystrophy – Duchenne
  • Muscular dystrophy – limb girdle
  • Muscular dystrophy – Other / type not known


  • Creutzfeldt – Jacob disease (CJD) (Rare condition that affects the brain)
  • Infections – Other
  • Poliomyelitis and post polio syndrome (non-contagious condition that can affect polio survivors)
  • Prion diseases – Other / type not known

Other neurological disorders

Neurological disorders – Other / type not known

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