What is Personal Independence Payment?
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people aged between 16 and 64 who because of a long-term illness or disability may need help with daily activities or getting around.
PIP has replaced Disability Living Allowance for anyone making a new claim.
How much is Personal Independence Payment?
PIP has two parts - a daily living component and a mobility component. They are paid at different rates depending on the level of difficulty you have performing particular activities, such as preparing food and drink, dressing and undressing or moving around.
You may be able to claim one or both components.
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Who can claim Personal Independence Payment?
You may be eligible for PIP if you’re under 65 and need help with daily living activities or getting around, or both.
You can't claim PIP if you're 65 or over and have care needs, but you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance instead. If you’re 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 to claim Personal Independence Payment
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 for basic information and then send you a claim form.
Most people will have to attend a face-to-face assessment of their needs. Find out more about PIP assessments on GOV.UK.
Can you claim more benefits?
Each year up to £3.5bn of Pension Credit and Housing Benefit goes unclaimed by older people. See what you're owed - quickly and easily - with our benefits calculator.
What to do if your claim is turned down
If you disagree with a decision about your PIP claim, you can challenge it. You should be sent details of how to do this when you receive the decision.
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.
It’s important to challenge a decision or get advice as quickly as possible because there are time limits that mean you must appeal within one month of the decision.
Remember that your 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.
How to challenge a benefits decision