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Personal Independent Payment

A Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is to help towards some of the extra costs caused by ill-health or disability. It is based on how their condition affects a person and not on the condition itself.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will end for everyone of working age (16 to 64 on the day PIP is introduced) by October 2020 even if they have an indefinite period award.

There are no current plans to replace DLA for children aged under 16 and people aged 65 and over who are already receiving DLA. If your child is aged under 16, you can continue to make a claim for DLA as usual. Children getting DLA may remain on the benefit until they reach age 16 provided that they continue to satisfy the eligibility criteria. They will then need to make a claim for PIP.

PIP is based on an assessment of individual need, and focuses on the ability to carry out a range of key activities necessary to everyday life. Information will be gathered from the individual, as well as healthcare and other professionals who work with and support them. Most people will have a face-to-face consultation with a trained independent assessor as part of the claim process.

Do I need to do anything?

No. If you were aged 16 to 64 on 8 April 2013 and receiving DLA, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will write to you letting you know when and how to make a claim for PIP.

This stage began in October 2015 and all current DLA claimants of an eligible age will have been contacted by the end of 2017.

DWP will also contact you if you get DLA and reach age 16 from April 2013 onwards.

They will let you know:

  • how to apply for PIP
  • when you need to claim by
  • what will happen to your DLA

You can find more detailed information about PIP on the government website.

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