Personal Independence Payment (Disability Living Allowance)

Personal Independence Payment - sometimes referred to as PIP - is a non-means-tested, non-taxable benefit for people who need help with daily living or getting around.

Personal Independence Payment (Disability Living Allowance)

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has replaced the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for new claims of people aged 16-64. For existing DLA claimants, PIP will be gradually phased in. The Department of Work and Pensions will write to people informing them that their DLA will end and inviting applications for PIP.

Am I eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?

To be eligible for Personal Independence Payment you must:

  • Be aged 16-64
  • Working or not working
  • Have a long-term health condition or disability and need help with daily living or getting around

You’ll be assessed by an independent healthcare professional to help the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) work out how much help you need.

The two parts of Personal Independence Payment

There are two parts to PIP – a daily living part and a mobility part – which can be paid at different levels according to the living help or mobility need.

Daily living difficulties

You may get the daily living component of PIP if you need help more than half the time with things like:

  • Preparing or eating food
  • Washing, bathing and using the toilet
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Reading and communicating
  • Managing your medicines or treatments
  • Making decisions about money
  • Engaging with other people

Mobility difficulties

You may get the mobility component of PIP if you need help going out or moving around.

How to claim PIP

You can make a new PIP claim by calling the DWP. Someone else can call on your behalf, but you’ll need to be with them when they call.