Personal Independence Payment
Disability Living Allowance is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people of working age.
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 is not means tested, so it is not affected by your income and savings. You will also need to be under 65 to make a claim
Daily living component and mobility component
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
- Engaging socially
- Making financial decisions.
The mobility component will be assessed on your ability to move around, and to plan and follow a journey.
You will be given a score for each activity depending on how much help you need with it. Many of the activities will take into consideration whether you can do something with the help of an aid or appliance, such as a walking stick, grab rail or shower seat. Your scores will be added up, and if you get enough points you will be awarded one or both components.
How do I claim?
You can claim PIP by contacting the Personal Independence Payment Centre. If you are currently receiving DLA, you will be assessed to find out if you are eligible for PIP. If you are entitled to PIP, you will receive it instead of DLA. If you are not entitled to PIP, your DLA will stop. You may qualify for a mitigation payment.
For further help on claiming PIP call the Age NI Advice and Advocacy Service on freephone 0808 808 7575.
Every year our Advice Service deals with thousands of calls from older people in need. Call us today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.