Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is gradually replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults aged 16 or over and who were aged under 65 on 8 April 2013. PIP is designed to help people with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or disability. PIP awards are based on how a person’s disability / health condition affects their ability to complete certain everyday activities, rather than the condition they have. A PIP award can be paid to people regardless of whether they working or not working and does not depend on a person’s income or savings.
You may be living with an enduring health problem and do not consider yourself to be disabled. If however, your illness means that you need help or you use aids and/or appliances to live more independently, then you may be able to claim a Personal Independence Payment.
If you or your partner or a child aged 16 or over have an illness or disability, whether physical and/or mental health or a learning difficulty, you should contact an experienced adviser to see if you or they ought to claim.
Most people who are currently getting Disability Living Allowance – except under 16s and those who were aged 65 on 8 April 2013 – are gradually being reassessed for Personal Independence Payment instead. When you are due for reassessment, you should be contacted directly by the DWP in due course.