Personal Independence Payment

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From June 2013 the government replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for new claimants aged 16 – 64 with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) 

DLA remains unchanged for children up to the age of 16 and to all existing claimants who were 65 or over on 8 April 2013. See www.papaa.org/articles/disability-living-allowance-dla

Who can claim?

If you think you may qualify you must:

  • be aged 16 to 64
  • have a long-term health condition or disability and difficulties with activities related to ‘daily living’ and or mobility
  • be in Great Britain when you claim - there are some exceptions, eg members and family members of the Armed Forces
  • have been in Great Britain for at least 2 of the last 3 years
  • be habitually resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
  • not be subject to immigration control (unless you’re a sponsored immigrant)

What is it for?

PIP is intended to help with the extra costs that may be involved due to your condition.  It is not based on your condition but how the condition affects you.   The level you get will be worked out at an assessment and you will be reassessed at regular intervals to make sure you are receiving the correct level of support.

You can qualify for PIP whether you are in work or not and it is a tax free payment normally paid into your bank account every 4 weeks.

How much will you get?

It is made up of 2 components – one for daily living and one for mobility  and whether you get one or both depends on how your condition affects you.  Each component is made up of a standard rate and an enhanced rate which is for those who have greater needs.

The level of PIP is worked out by a scoring method over 10 activities for the daily living allowance and 2 activities for the mobility allowance.  You would qualify for the standard rate with a score between 8 and 11 and the enhanced rate for scores of 12 or more.

The daily living activities are:

  • Preparing food
  • Eating and drinking
  • Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition
  • Washing and bathing
  • Managing toilet needs or incontinence
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Communicating verbally
  • Reading and understanding signs, symbols and or words
  • Engaging with other people
  • Making budget decisions

The mobility activities are:

  • Planning and following journeys 
  • Moving around
Daily Living Component Weekly rate Mobility Component Weekly rate
Standard £53.00 Standard £21.00
Enhanced £79.15 Enhanced £55.25

 

How to claim?

To make a claim contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) 0800 917 2222.  This will involve an identity check and you may be asked for your national insurance number, bank or building society details, doctor or health workers name and/or other personal details

You will then be sent a “How your condition affects you” form along with notes to help you fill it in.  Return the completed form to the DWP.

If no decision as to whether you qualify or not can be made by a written claim you may be asked to attend a face to face assessment.  A DWP Decision Maker will then decide if you are eligible for PIP, and the level that you will receive.

For further information see www.gov.uk/pip/overview