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Warning If your DLA claim has not ended

Before deciding if you should apply for PIP before your DLA claim ends:

If you already get DLA

You’ll need to apply for PIP when you:

  • turn 16
  • report a change in your condition to DLA
  • receive a letter inviting you to claim PIP

If your DLA claim has an end date, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will invite you to apply for PIP before that date.

The DWP does not say how far in advance they will contact you.

It’s likely the DWP will invite you to apply for PIP before 2025, even if you have an indefinite DLA claim.

Warning Apply before the date in the invitation letter

When you're invited to apply for PIP, you have 28 days to start your claim.

If you do not meet the date stated in the letter, your DLA payments will stop.

The DWP will then send you a letter telling you what happens next.

DLA if you’re State Pension age

If you are State Pension age, you can only make a claim for PIP if the DWP invites you.

You'll continue to get DLA if you:

  • were born on or before 8 April 1948 and
  • are still eligible for DLA

Applying for PIP before your DLA ends

There’s no guarantee that you will receive the same amount for PIP. You might get less or not be eligible. You will not be able to go back onto DLA.

If you receive the highest amount for DLA, you cannot get more money on PIP.

Losing your DLA can affect other benefits you receive. For example, if you:

Get free advice before applying for PIP

To talk through your options, you can:

Last reviewed by Scope on: 20/07/2022

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