Personal Independence Payment


Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has been available for new claimants in Scotland since the 10th June 2013 and will eventually replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people under age 65.

*If you are an existing claimant of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and wondering how PIP will affect you, please see our DLA page for important information that applies to you. If you were aged 65 or over on the 8th of April 2013 and you are receiving DLA you can continue to claim it for as long as you meet the criteria.  

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)  is a new benefit for people who are aged between 16 and 64 and have a disability or long-term health condition.   It is a tax free benefit and it is not means-tested, therefore you can apply regardless of how much income or savings you have.  You do not have to have paid any national insurance contributions and it is not affected by your earnings.  Therefore you can work and also receive PIP. 

It is important to note that eligibility for PIP is not based on
your specific disability or health condition, but rather how this practically affects you day to day.
PIP has two parts to it – 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 are nine daily living activities.
  • managing your treatments
  • washing and bathing
  • managing toilet needs or incontinence
  • dressing and undressing
  • communicating verbally
  • reading and understanding written information
  • mixing with others
  • making decisions about money

The two mobility activities that will be assessed are

  • planning and following a journey
  • 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.

Most people will have to attend a face-to-face assessment of their needs when they apply for PIP.  Disability Rights UK have published a helpful guide making a Personal Independent Payment claim.  This takes you right though the process from thinking of applying to completing your claim.    

Further information

See the below factsheet from Age Scotland partner Age UK for more information about the eligibility criteria for PIP and the assessment process.

opens link in new windowDownload Personal Independence Payment factsheet (PDF 457 KB)

Download guide to making a PIP claim

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