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Personal independence payment

Understand PIP

Since April 2013, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has been replaced by a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for eligible people aged 16 to 64.

The payment comprises of a mobility allowance and a living allowance and is designed to help towards some of the extra costs arising from a long-term illness, disability or mental health condition, based on how a person's condition affects them, not the condition they have.

You don’t need to have worked or paid National Insurance to qualify for PIP, and it doesn’t matter what your income is, if you have any savings or you’re working. It not means-tested or subject to tax.

The Government is introducing Personal Independence Payment in stages over a number of years for existing Disability Living Allowance claimants.

The DWP should write to everyone claiming DLA to invite them to claim PIP. It is important that you make a claim for PIP as your DLA will end. If a claimant of DLA was under 16 or over 65 when PIP was introduced, they will continue to receive DLA.

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