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Personal Independence Payment

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people with a health condition or disability aged 16 to 64. PIP helps with some of the extra costs caused by ill-health or a disability. What you’ll get is not based on your condition but on how your condition affects you.

You may need an assessment to work out the level of help you get. Your needs will be regularly reassessed to make sure you’re getting the right support.

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people with a health condition or disability aged 16 to 64. PIP helps with some of the extra costs caused by ill-health or a disability. What you’ll get is not based on your condition but on how your condition affects you.

You may need an assessment to work out the level of help you get. Your needs will be regularly reassessed to make sure you’re getting the right support.

Use the PIP checker to find out if and when the PIP affects your DLA.

If you already claim Disability Living Allowance and are aged 16-64, you will need to make a new claim for the PIP. The Department for Work and Pensions will write to you about this. The letter will tell you to go for an assessment to work out the level of help you need.

To qualify for the PIP you must be aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013 and have difficulty with:

  • ‘activities of daily living’ (see below) or
  • mobility

You must have had these difficulties for three months and expect them to last for at least nine months. You may get the daily living component of PIP if you need help with things like:

  • preparing or eating food,
  • washing and bathing,
  • dressing and undressing,
  • communicating,
  • managing your medicines or treatments, or
  • making decisions about money.

The PIP is being introduced in two stages. In April 2013 it will be introduced for new claims in Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East England. During this period new claimants in all other parts of the country will continue to claim Disability Living Allowance as now.

In June 2013, new claims for Personal Independence Payment will be taken from all parts of the country.

If you already claim Disability Living Allowance, you will need to make a new claim for the PIP. The Department for Work and Pensions will write to you about this. If you are affected, you should contact us now, as we can offer help and talk to you about different ways to pay.

Ali has a job but claims Disability Living Allowance because she has difficulty walking. From April 2013, she may be entitled to a Personal Independence Payment (PIP), but will need to make a new claim for this benefit. Ali should:

  • read more about the PIP,
  • send the Department for Work and Pensions the information they ask for when they write to her, and
  • work with the health professionals who will consider her personal circumstances and decide whether she can claim the PIP.


This information on this page is for general guidance only. It should not be regarded as a complete or authoritative statement on welfare benefits and may be subject to change. For the most up-to-date guidance, please contact your local council or Citizens' Advice Bureau.

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