Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 with long-term ill-health or a disability.
The payment was introduced for new claims in 2013. Existing DLA claims are being transferred over in stages, due to be completed in 2018.
There are no plans at present to replace DLA for children under 16 or people aged 65 and over who are already receiving it, but DLA is officially ending for all users born after 8 April 1948 and aged 16 and over.
PIPs aim to help with some of the extra costs caused by having a health condition or disability that is expected to last for 12 months or longer.
PIPs are made up of two parts - a Daily Living component and a Mobility component. Each component has a standard and an enhanced rate. How much you get depends upon how your condition affects you, not on what condition you have - it can range from £21 to £134.40 a week.
PIP is not affected by income or savings, it is not taxable and you can get it whether you are in or out of work.
There is no automatic transfer from DLA to PIPs. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is writing to all current claimants with more information, telling you how and when you need to make a claim.
New and existing claimants have to complete a form describing how your condition affects you. You will have to give details of your health professional who can advise on your situation. You may also have to attend a face-to-face consultation with a different health professional.
The DWP will use this information to decide if a PIP can be awarded. Depending on your circumstances, current claimants may get more, the same or less benefit than under DLA.
If you are awarded PIP, your claim will be reviewed over time to make sure it remains correct and is based on your current needs.
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