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Personal Independence Payment

From 8 April 2013 the Government is introducing a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64.

The Government is committed to supporting disabled people to lead independent and active lives. It recognises that disabled people can face additional challenges to leading independent lives and is committed to maintaining an extra-cost, non-means-tested disability benefit to support disabled people.

What the change means

Disability Living Allowance will end for everyone of working age even if they have an indefinite period award. By working age we mean everyone who is aged 16 to 64 on the day Personal Independence Payment is introduced.

There are no current plans to replace Disability Living Allowance for children under 16 and people aged 65 and over who are already receiving Disability Living Allowance.

Personal Independence Payment is based on an assessment of individual need. The new assessment will focus on an individual’s ability to carry out a range of key activities necessary to everyday life. Information will be gathered from the individual, as well as healthcare and other professionals who work with and support them. Most people will also be asked to a face to face consultation with a trained independent assessor as part of the claim process.

When will PIP be introduced?

New claims

April 2013 – Personal Independence Payment will be introduced for new claims in Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East England. During this period new claimants in all other parts of the country will continue to claim Disability Living Allowance as now.

June 2013 – new claims for Personal Independence Payment will be taken from all parts of the country.

Existing DLA claimants

Existing Disability Living Allowance claimants who are aged 16 to 64 on 8 April 2013 will be affected by the introduction of Personal Independence Payment, even if they have an indefinite or lifetime award of DLA.

The Department for Work & Pensions have written to all existing DLA claimants during February and March 2013 with more information.

Personal Independence Payment is being introduced in stages over a number of years.

October 2013 – if an individual reports a change in how a health condition or disability affects them, they reach the end of an existing award of DLA, or they are approaching the age of 16, then the DWP will invite them to claim Personal Independence Payment.

From 2015 – the DWP will start to contact everyone else receiving DLA (unless they report a change in how their health condition or disability affects them, or if their award is due to end). They will write to individuals in plenty of time and you do not need to contact DWP now.

There is no automatic transfer from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment.

Personal Independence Payment contact numbers

  • PIP new claims 0800 917 2222
  • PIP enquiry number 0845 850 3322
  • PIP new claims text number 0800 917 7777
  • PIP enquiry text phone number 0845 601 6677