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Moving from DLA to PIP when your child turns 16

Shortly after your child’s 16th birthday, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will send a letter inviting them to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) by a certain date.

If they do not apply by the date given in the letter, their Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payments will stop.

DLA when your child turns 16 (GOV.UK)

Once you call to register for PIP, you have 28 days to complete the application form.

Call and register for PIP (GOV.UK)

Warning Apply before the date in the invitation letter

If you do not apply for PIP by the date given in the invitation letter, your child’s DLA payments will stop.

Preparing for PIP

As the parent or carer, you know best the challenges your child faces. Use your knowledge of their condition and its impact on everyday life to answer the questions in the application.

Where you can, provide evidence for the activities described in the PIP form. DWP will only consider these in an assessment of your child’s suitability for PIP.

Completing your PIP claim form

How PIP decisions are made (Citizens Advice)

Gathering evidence for PIP assessment

Your child will be assessed on their ability to do certain tasks safely and reliably, and whenever they need to.

Assessors want to know about:

  • any additional needs at school, in the home or when out
  • extra help needed with dressing, washing, eating, communicating and moving about
  • any personal budget or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Keep a diary to record how your child’s condition affects daily life. Ask for supporting evidence from health professionals, your child’s school, private tutor or social worker.

Paper-based assessment

If you provide enough supporting evidence, the DWP will consider a paper-based review of your claim. This means your child will not have to meet in person with one of the assessment provider’s health professionals.

To be considered for a paper-based review, you must prove that your child has 1 of the following:

  • a high level of impairment and cannot perform most or all of the activities in the PIP claim form safely, reliably and repeatedly
  • a record of hospital admission and is under GP care
  • a condition such as autism or learning difficulty that will make a face-to-face consultation stressful
  • enough medical evidence for a decision to be made without a face-to-face assessment

If the DWP feel that there is not enough evidence to make a paper-based decision, your child may have to attend a face-to-face assessment.

Warning Telephone assessments

You may get a letter saying that you will be assessed by phone.

If a phone assessment would not be accessible for you, contact the organisation that sent you the letter. This will be Capita or Independent Assessment Services.

Preparing for your PIP assessment

Last reviewed by Scope on: 28/10/2020

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