Personal Independence Payment
Personal Independence Payment has replaced Disability Living Allowance for new claimants of working age.
Personal Independence Payment has many similarities with Disability Living Allowance. In particular, it has two components: a daily living component (similar to the care component of Disability Living Allowance) and a mobility component.
There are some key differences though. New claims are normally started over the phone, and then a personalised form will be posted to you to complete.
Personal Independence Payment include an assessment of individual needs by a health professional - most people will have a face-to-face consultation as part of their claim. Awards will also be reviewed regularly based on how likely it is that your condition or disability will change.
Personal Independence Payment provides help towards some of the extra costs arising from a health condition or disability.
It’s based on how a person’s condition affects them, not the condition they have.
To get Personal Independence Payment, you must be between 16-64 and satisfy a daily living and/or mobility activities test for three months before claiming, and be likely to continue to satisfy this test for at least another nine months. The test includes activities such as how well you can move around, and your ability to prepare food, wash, bathe and dress yourself.
You can receive Personal Independence Payment whether you are in or out of work, and receiving it does not normally reduce other benefits - in some cases your other benefits may actually increase.
People over 65 should claim Attendance Allowance instead of Personal Independence Payment. But if you claimed or received Personal Independence Payment before you reached the age of 65, you will be able to receive it whilst you remain entitled to it.
If you already get Disability Living Allowance
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Existing claimants of Disability Living Allowance will continue to receive Disability Living Allowance until:
the duration of their award ends
the claimant reports a change in personal care and/or mobility needs
in the case of child claimant, the child becomes 16 years of age.
Most people won’t be affected until October 2015 or later.
DWP will write to you in plenty of time to let you know when your Disability Living Allowance is due to end, and explain how you can make a claim to Personal Independence Payment.
Existing claimants don’t need to take any action now.
There are no automatic entitlements to Personal Independence Payment, even where an indefinite or lifetime Disability Living Allowance award has been made. If an existing Disability Living Allowance recipient makes a claim to Personal Independence Payment then their Disability Living Allowance would normally continue until a decision on their Personal Independence Payment claim is made. If Personal Independence Payment is not awarded or not claimed then Disability Living Allowance will stop.
Making a new claim for Personal
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Since June 2013, all new claims are for Personal Independence Payment and not for Disability Living Allowance.
How much you’ll get – weekly rates
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Each component can be paid weekly, at either a standard rate or an enhanced rate, depending on your needs.
Daily living component
Standard - £53
Enhanced - £79.15
If you’re terminally ill, you will automatically receive the daily living component enhanced rate. You’ll also be able to apply for the mobility component and receive it immediately if you qualify.
You can make a claim by calling the Department for Work and Pensions on 0800 917 2222. You should not try to claim Personal Independence Payment by using a Disability Living Allowance claim form, as it can delay your claim.
You will need to have some basic information ready, such as your national insurance number, details of healthcare contacts (such as your GP) and your bank account details. You won’t have to answer any detailed questions about your health when you call. If you can’t phone yourself, then someone else can call for you, but you’ll need to be with them when they call.
DWP will then post you a form that will ask you to explain how your disability or health condition affects you. It’s a good idea to get help from an experienced welfare rights adviser to fill the form in.
Welfare reform in Northern Ireland - Autumn 2013 update
The Northern Ireland Welfare Reform Bill is still under consideration. While it was originally expected that reforms to the benefits system in Northern Ireland would start to be introduced in summer 2013, these changes are now not expected to occur until at least spring 2014. The latest news on the reforms can be found on our welfare reform page and also at nidirect.gov.uk
Macmillan Cancer Support, in partnership with Citizens Advice, provides a dedicated Welfare Rights Service to cancer people affected by cancer in Northern Ireland. For information and support, or to arrange an appointment, please call 0300 1 233 233. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am-12.30pm and 1pm-4pm.
You can also call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.
For benefits information and support in Northern Ireland please visit nidirect.gov.uk or call 0800 232 1271.
You can also contact the Northern Ireland Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 220 674, or textphone 0800 243 787 if you are deaf or hard of hearing.