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 (GOV.UK).

Once you call and register for PIP (GOV.UK), you have 28 days to complete the application form.

Warning Remember

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 their everyday life to answer the questions in the application.

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

Read our tips for completing your PIP claim form.

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.

Face-to-face assessment

While your child is the focus for the assessor, you’ll be there to provide support. You’ll be able to clarify what your child says and you can refer to your claim form when answering questions.

Make sure you’re prepared for the PIP assessment and know your rights.

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 one 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
  • a severe condition, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease or stroke

Last reviewed by Scope on: 10/01/2019

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