Personal Independence Payment

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people of working age with disabilities. It has replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for anyone making a new claim.

If you're under 65 and already claiming DLA you'll eventually be asked to claim PIP instead.

If you were 65 or over on 8 April 2013 and already claiming DLA, you won't be affected by the change and you'll continue to get DLA payments for as long as you're entitled to them.

Can I claim it?

You may be eligible for PIP if you’re under 65 and need help with daily living activities or help getting around, or both.

If you are 65 or over and you have care needs, you can’t claim PIP but you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance. If you are awarded PIP before you are 65 it can continue after age 65.

PIP isn't based on National Insurance contributions and isn't means-tested. You can claim it whether you're working or not.

How much will I get? 

PIP has two parts – a daily living component and a mobility component. They're paid at different rates, depending on the level of difficulty you have performing particular activities such as preparing food and drink or dressing and undressing.You may be able to claim one or both components.

Daily living component:

Standard rate - £54.45 per week

Enhanced rate - £81.30 per week

Mobility component:

Standard rate - £21.55 per week

Enhanced rate - £56.75 per week

How do I claim?

To start your claim you'll need to call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on 0800 917 2222 (textphone 0800 917 777). They will ask you for basic information and then send you a claim form.

Most people will have to attend a face-to-face assessment of their needs as well. Find out more on the Gov.UK website. If you need help to fill out the form, contact your local Age UK or call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65.

What if my claim is turned down?

If your application is turned down call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65 or contact another advice agency such as Citizens Advice about whether you should challenge the decision. Remember that you needs may change and increase, so even if you're not eligible for PIP now, you may be able to claim successfully in the future.

opens link in new window Download the factsheet Personal Independence Payment (PDF 457 KB)

opens link in new window Download Challenging welfare benefit decisions (PDF 239 KB)

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Carer's Allowance

If you look after your partner, or a relative or friend who needs help because they are ill or disabled, then you are a carer and may be entitled to Carer's Allowance.

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