A Guide to Personal Independence Payments

January 2014 update: please click here for the latest PIP leaflet (available in English and Welsh).

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will replace DLA for you if you are aged 16-64 from 8th April 2013, even if you have an indefinite or lifetime DLA award.


PIP is for people aged 16-24.

  • Children will continue to receive DLA up to the age of 16.
  •  Adults who already receive DLA who are aged 65 or over on 8th April 2013 will continue with DLA.
  • The benefit will not be means tested or taxed.
  •  There are two components to PIP, daily living and mobility. Each component can be paid at standard rate or enhanced rate.
  • PIP will include an assessment by a health professional and most people will have a face to face consultation.
  • Awards will be reviewed at appropriate intervals depending on how likely it is that your condition or impairment will change.

PIP does not affect other benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance or Jobseeker’s allowance. People receiving Attendance Allowance will not be affected by PIP.

Like DLA, receiving PIP may provide access to other help. This can be Blue Badges, concessionary travel passes or Motability.

Carers may receive Carers Allowance because the person they are caring for is receiving PIP or DLA.

What will happen when the DWP contact you

 They’ll let you know:

  • how to apply for PIP
  • when you need to claim by
  • what will happen to your DLA

This will happen even if you get an indefinite or lifetime award of DLA.

If you apply for PIP, your DLA will continue until DWP makes a decision about your claim. If you decide not to apply, your DLA will end.

You won’t be affected if you’ll be 65 or over on or before 8 April 2013.

How to claim

You’ll have to phone DWP to make a claim for PIP - they’ll give you the number when they contact you. They’ll then send you a form asking you to describe how your long-term health condition or disability affects you. See our PIP page for hints to fill this out.

You may be asked to attend a face-to-face assessment with a health professional. DWP will decide whether you’re entitled to PIP and how much you should get, based on the advice of the health professional and any other evidence you supply.

Your claim will be reviewed regularly to make sure you’re getting the right support.

What you’ll get

PIP will normally be paid into your account every 4 weeks. The amount you’ll get depends on your health condition or how your disability affects you.

Payments will be made up of a daily living component and a mobility component. You could get money for 1 or both parts, at either a standard or enhanced rate.
There will be updated information about PIP at www.direct.gov.uk/pip