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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people of working age with disabilities. It is due to be phased in from April 2013 and will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people under 65 by 2016.
PIP is being rolled out for new claimants across the following areas from April 2013: Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East England. From June 2013, all new claimants will have to claim PIP.
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 won’t be based on National Insurance contributions and won’t be affected by other income, savings or benefits.
PIP will have two parts – a daily living component and a mobility component. They are paid at different rates, depending on the level of difficulty you have. You can claim one or both components depending on your ability to perform particular activities.
There will be 9 daily living activities.• Preparing food and drink• Taking nutrition• Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition• Bathing and grooming • Managing toilet needs or incontinence• Dressing and undressing• Communicating• Engaging socially• Making financial decisions. The two mobility activities that will be assessed are planning and following a journey, and moving around.
You will be given a score for each activity depending on how much help you need with it. Your scores will be added up and if you get enough points you will be awarded PIP. See our free factsheet Personal Independence Payment (PDF 457 KB) for more information about the scoring system.
Claims for PIP will be made by phone, on a paper claim form, or online. Most people will have to attend a face-to-face assessment of their needs. The DWP will consider all the information and decide whether you’re entitled to PIP, what level you’re entitled to and how long you should receive it for.If you currently claim DLA and you’re under 65, you will be informed when you need to claim PIP. This will be sometime between 2013 and 2016. At the moment the government isn’t planning to reassess you for PIP if you’re over 65 and receiving DLA at the time PIP is introduced.
Download the factsheet Personal Independence Payment (PDF 457 KB)
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