Many older people in Scotland receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Personal Independence Payment is the main disability benefit for people of working age who need help with daily living or with mobility problems because of a health problem or disability.
It is a tax free benefit and it is not means-tested, so 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 any earnings.
Personal Independence Payment 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, your scores will be added up and if you get enough points you will be awarded PIP.
If you are awarded PIP you or someone who is your carer may qualify for other help with benefits too.
Our sister charity Age UK has produced a detailed factsheet about Personal Independence Payment.