Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people of working age with disabilities. From Spring 2014 it will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people under 65.
The claiming process will be different to that for DLA. PIP has many similarities with Disability Living Allowance. It has two components: a daily living component (similar to DLA’s care component) and a mobility component which are paid at different rates depending on the level of difficulty you have. It isn’t means tested, so it isn’t affected by your income and savings. You will also need to be under 65 to make a claim.
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 nine 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.
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.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.
Further application information will be added in Spring 2014.
If you, or an older person you know needs advice, information or practical support on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health, contact the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575 to speak to a specialist advisor in confidence. Our advisors can provide a free benefit check to ensure that older people are accessing the benefits they are entitled to.
Every year our Advice Service deals with thousands of calls from older people in need. Call the Age NI Advice Service today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.
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