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Personal Independence Payments

What is a Personal Independent Payment (PIP)?

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64.

Under PIP you will be assessed on your ability to carry out daily living and/or mobility activities, rather than on what your current health condition or disability is.

When will Personal Independent Payments be introduced?

From June 2013, new claims for PIP will be taken instead of claims for DLA.

From October 2013, if you apply for re-assessment of your DLA, perhaps because your condition has changed or your DLA claim has come to an end, you will be asked to make a claim for PIP instead.

From 2015 onwards, the government's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will invite everyone claiming DLA to be re-assessed and to claim PIP instead.

Who will it affect?

The change will affect everyone of working age claiming DLA or intending to make a claim for benefits to help them with living costs because of their illness or disability.

Who will it not affect?

The new rules will not apply to anyone of pension age, as they will already be in receipt of Attendance Allowance and not DLA.

If you currently receive Attendance Allowance, you will not be affected by the introduction of PIP.

How can I find out more?

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has provided a web page which may answer many of your questions about the new benefit and new assessment process.

You can also phone the DWP Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00 for further information

For further information around benefits contact your local Jobcentre Plus. You can find your local Jobcentre Plus here

For advice and support to complete a claim for DLA or PIP, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau. You can find your Citizens Advice Bureau by following this link.