Personal Independence Payment

What is it?

PIP is a cash contribution to help towards some of the extra costs arising from a long term ill-health condition or disability and is based on how a person’s condition affects them, not the condition they have. It is not means-tested or subject to tax and it is payable to people who are both in and out of work.

Who is eligible for PIP?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will award PIP based upon their assessment of an individual’s ability to carry out a range of everyday activities.
The eligibility criteria for PIP will be different from those for DLA today and existing DLA recipients will not be automatically transferred across to PIP. This means that even if you already receive DLA, you will need to make a claim for the new benefit when the DWP invite you to do so at some point between 2013 and 2018. The DWP will then assess your claim and decide what level of PIP benefit you should receive.
PIP will apply to all new working-age claimants (aged 16 to 64 on 8th April 2013), and existing DLA claimants who are aged 16 to 64 on 8 April 2013, with a disability or health condition in England, Wales and Scotland. Northern Ireland will join the system later.

There are no plans to replace DLA for children under 16 or for DLA recipients who were aged 65 and over on 8 April 2013

Click here for more information on how to claim