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Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a new benefit that is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people of working age (16-64) who need help with the extra costs arising from a long-term health condition or disability.

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The government introduced the benefit on 8 April 2013 as part of a wider reform of the welfare system. However, the change is being rolled out in stages and only affects new claimants initially.

If you currently claim DLA, you do not need to take any action now. Most people who receive DLA will be invited to apply for PIP between October 2015 and October 2017.

This section of the website explains what PIP is, the timetable for PIP replacing DLA, how you can claim, how you will be assessed, how decisions are reached, how the change may affect you, plus lots more.

This information was produced in May 2013. If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, please check the Department for Work and Pensions (external link, opens new window) website for the latest information about PIP. If you live in Northern Ireland, please visit the Northern Ireland Direct, Government Services(external link, opens new window) website.

Personal independence Payment (PIP) is a cash benefit

What is Personal Independence Payment?

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a cash benefit for people of working age (16-64) who need help with the extra costs arising from a long-term condition (this means ill health or disability that is expected to last 12 months or longer).
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The information in this section is for new claiments only

How do I claim PIP?

The information in this section is for new claimants only. If you already claim DLA the DWP will write to you with more information.
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The health professional will focus on the impact that your condition

How will I be assessed?

An independent health professional will look on the impact that your condition – for example, hearing loss – has on your daily life and over 12 everyday activities.
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Will send a report back to the DWP for a team member to review

How is a decision reached?

After the consultation, the health professional will send a report back to the DWP for a team member to review all the evidence.
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Many people with hearing loss may not qualify for PIP

I have a hearing loss - how will the introduction of PIP affect me?

Action on Hearing Loss fears that, as a result of the changes, many people with hearing loss may not qualify for PIP. See what our main concerns are.
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If you disagree with a PIP decision

What happens if I disagree with a PIP decision?

If you disagree with a PIP decision, you can ask the DWP to formally reconsider it. Find out how.
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provides a range of information about personal independence payment

Where can I find out more?

There are lots of other places where you can find out more information about PIP. We have listed them and their contact details for you.
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The entitlement threshold for each component (daily living and mobility)

Appendix: Daily living and mobility activities and descriptors

The entitlement threshold for each component (daily living and mobility) is 8 points for the standard rate and 12 points for the enhanced rate.
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