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Personal Independence Payments (PIP) were introduced in 2013 to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for new claimants ages 16 to 64. PIP is not a means-tested benefit and isn't affected by earnings, other income or savings.
PIP has two parts:
Each component has two levels: standard or enhanced and is assessed under 12 activities, 10 for daily living and 2 for mobility. For both components you need 8 points for the standard rate and 12 points for the enhanced rate.
Do a PIP self-test
Read how to make a PIP claim in the Disability Rights UK PIP guide.
PIP awards can be for up to 2 years or a longer period, such as 5 or 10 years.
In exceptional cases, where an applicant’s needs are unlikely to change, awards can be ongoing.
All awards will be reviewed from time to time to make sure the support level awarded is still appropriate.
Read our FAQs on the PIP assessment.
Existing Disability Living Allowance claimants are only reassessed if:
From October 2015 all working-age people still receiving DLA will be reassessed and if their claim is successful, moved onto PIP.
If you were 65 or over on 8 April 2013 and receiving DLA, you can continue to receive it as long as you satisfy the entitlement conditions.
Calculate your entitlements online.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit designed to help with the extra costs resulting from disability or long-term ill health.
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