What is PIP? And how does it affect me?

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit that helps with the extra costs of long-term health conditions or disability for people aged 16 to 64. It’s gradually replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

What is Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) helps with the extra costs of disability or long-term health conditions for people aged 16 to 64.

It is a non-means tested benefit. So getting it doesn’t matter how much you earn, or whether you have savings or capital.

Who can get PIP?

To get PIP, you must:

  • Need help with everyday tasks or getting around, or both
  • Have needed this help for at least 3 months and expect to need it for at least another 9 months (unless you are terminally ill with less than six months to live)

If you get Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is ending for people aged 16 to 64.

You can keep getting DLA if you’re under 16 or you were born on or before 8 April 1948 and have an existing claim.

You’ll continue getting DLA until the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) invites you to apply for PIP. You don’t need to do anything until DWP writes to you about your DLA unless your circumstances change.

If you’re 65 or over, you can apply for Attendance Allowance.

PIP rates

Personal Independence Payment is made up of two components:

  • The Mobility component might be paid if you need help getting about.
  • The Daily Living component might be paid if you need help with carrying out everyday activities, such as washing and dressing.

Each component can be paid at either a standard or an enhanced rate.

Standard weekly rate (2017-18) Enhanced weekly rate (2017-18)
Daily living component £55.65 £83.10
Mobility component £22.00 £58.00

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