Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
What is Personal Independence Payment?
Personal Independence Payment helps towards some of the extra costs resulting from ill-health or disability. It is based on how a person’s condition affects them, not the condition they have.
Personal Independence Payment is gradually replacing the Disability Living Allowance.
Am I eligible for Personal Independence Payment?
Personal Independence Payment is for people of working age, aged 16 to 64, who have an illness or disability which effects their daily living and/or mobility. Eligibility is assessed as follow:
- you have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for 3 months
- you expect these difficulties to continue for at least 9 months (unless you’re terminally ill with less than 6 months to live)
If you are aged 65 or over you should claim Attendance Allowance instead.
If you currently claim Disability Living Allowance, from October 2015 the Department of Work and Pensions will write to you and ask you to claim for Personal Independence Payment instead.
By the end of 2018 everyone claiming Disability Living Allowance should have been asked to switch to Personal Independence Payment.
How much Personal Independence Payment may I receive?
Personal Independence Payment is not means tested or taxed. This means your financial situation is not taken into consideration when applying for the benefit. If you’re aged 16 to 64 you could get between £22.65 and £145.35 a week.
PIP is made up of two parts:
- daily living
- mobility – for help with getting around
Each component can be paid a at standard rate, or enhanced rate for those with the greatest needs.
How do I apply for Personal Independence Payment?
- New claims must made to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Claim Line.
- Queries about existing claims should be made to the Disability Benefits Helpine.
Once you have completed your claim form the Department of Work and Pensions will pass your claim to a health professional.
Most people will then be asked to attend a face-to-face consultation with the health professional at an Examination Centre. Home visits will be available if necessary and claimants can take someone along for support.
The consultation will provide the opportunity to explain your support needs in your own words. The health professional will then review the claim to assess the challenges that you face.
The Department of Work and Pensions will use the information in your claim form and from the health professional, plus anything else that has been provided to make a decision on your claim.
If your claim is turned down, you can ask the Department for Work and Pensions to reconsider their decision. You must ask for a reconsideration within a month of the decision.
You can also ask for a reconsideration if you’re unhappy with:
- the benefit that you have been awarded (for example, if you are awarded the standard rate but believe you are entitled to the enhanced rate); or
- the length of time you have been awarded to receive PIP
Read the Newcastle Welfare Rights factsheet for more information on asking for a reconsideration.
How are other benefits affected?
People receiving Attendance Allowance will not be affected by the introduction of Personal Independence Payment.
Receiving Personal Independence Payment may provide access to other help including:
- Blue Badges
- Concessionary travel passes
- Carers may also receive Carers Allowance because the person they are caring for is receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
Where can I get benefits advice?
It can be useful to speak with someone about the benefits you may be entitled to and how they may impact upon your other benefits. A local independent advice service can help you such as:
- Citizens Advice Newcastle
- Newcastle Welfare Rights Service – have self help material on their website.
- Search Newcastle give benefits advice to older people in the West of Newcastle
Visit newcastle.gov.uk for more benefit advice services available across Newcastle.
Other Useful Information
- Money Advice Service provides online information on the full range of benefits that you may be entitled to.
- Simple Payment Service was introduced as cheques are no longer used to pay state benefits and Pension credit.
- The Cinemas Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) Card helps to ensure cinemas make reasonable adjustments for you if you need them because of a disability. With the card you can claim a free ticket for a carer or person accompanying you to the cinema. The card costs £6 . You can apply if you receive Disability Living Allowance; Attendance Allowance; Personal Independence Payment or Armed Forces Independence Payment or are registered as blind.
- Advicenow produce guides that are easy-to-read and practical. They explain what you need to know, where you need to go, and what you need to do to solve your problem.
Last updated: May 8, 2019