In England, Scotland and Wales, Personal Independence Payment has replaced Disability Living Allowance for new claimants of working age.
Personal Independence Payment can help with some of the extra costs caused by long-term health conditions or disabilities. It’s based on how a person’s condition affects them, not on the condition they have. To get Personal Independence Payment, you must have difficulties related to daily living and/or mobility.
You must have had these difficulties for three months before you qualify and expect them to last for at least nine months.
You can claim Personal Independence Payment whether you are working or not. Receiving it doesn’t normally reduce other benefits – in some cases your other benefits may actually increase.
Personal Independence Payment replaces Disability Living Allowance as the benefit for people aged 16–64 who have a long-term disability.
It is similar in some ways to Disability Living Allowance. For example, it has two components: a daily living component (similar to the care component of Disability Living Allowance) and a mobility component. However, there are some key differences.
New claims are normally started over the phone and then a personalised form will be posted to you to complete.
Personal Independence Payment claims include an assessment of individual needs by a health professional. Most people will have face-to-face consultation as part of their claim. It’s a good idea to have a family member or friend with you at the consultation or support.
The assessment looks at how well you can move around and do daily activities. You must also be likely to meet the requirements f this assessment for the majority of the time. When the DWP assesses your claim, it looks at whether you are able to carry out certain activities:
- to an acceptable standard
- within a reasonable period of time.
You may get the daily living component if you need help with things like preparing food, washing, bathing and dressing.
You may get the mobility component if you need help with going out or moving around. Awards will also be reviewed regularly based on how likely it is that your condition or disability will change.