What is a Personal Independence Payment?
Payments (PIPs) replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for working-age
people (16–64). It is not a means-tested benefit: this means that a
claimant’s income or savings are not taken into account. If you are working
you can still apply.
The only remaining DLA awards will be for under 16s (child DLA) and anyone aged 65 or over.
claiming DLA will receive a letter at some point in the next two years, advising
that their claim will be coming to an end and inviting them to claim the new
What is the difference between PIP and DLA?
The key change is that
PIPs will introduce a new assessment process which looks at the impact the
condition has on a person’s everyday life, rather than the condition itself.
There are two components: Daily Living and Mobility.
being assessed for these components, you are given a score which determines if you
qualify. For each component, you must score at least eight points to qualify.
This will give you the standard rates. A score of 12 points or above entitles you