Personal Independence Payment

What is it?

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people who have a physical and/or mental disability, and need help participating in everyday life and/or find it difficult to get around. Personal Independence Payment replaces Disability Living Allowance for people aged 16 or over.

Like Disability Living Allowance, PIP is tax free, is non means tested and you do not need to have paid national insurance contributions to be entitled to it.

Will it affect me?

If you are aged 16 or over, and not already in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, you will need to make a claim for PIP. It will not affect people over 65 who are already in receipt of  Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or children under 16. They will continue to receive DLA.

At some point, all claimants aged 16 or over who have indefinite or long-term awards will be re-assessed for PIP. The DWP are currently aiming to re-assess all existing claims between October 2015 and late 2017.

If you are not already receiving Disability Living Allowance then you will need to make a new claim for PIP which will usually involve a face to face assessment by a health professional.

Where can I find more information?