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Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment

What is Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?

Children turning 16 who currently claim DLA will be asked to claim PIP after their 16th birthday.

Just because your child gets DLA, it doesn’t mean that they will automatically qualify for PIP. They will have to make a claim for PIP once invited to do so by the DWP. You need to do this within 28 days, by phoning the PIP claim line.

The DWP will write to you when your child is 15 years and 7 months. They will explain what will happen and check whether your child has the mental capacity to deal their own benefit claims or whether they will need an appointee to act on their behalf. They will follow this up with a second letter once your child is 15 years and 10 months. Finally the DWP will contact them shortly after their birthday to invite them to claim PIP.

The criteria and assessment process differs to that of DLA.

PIP uses a points-based system to decide whether someone qualifies for the benefit, and if so, at what rate. You receive points depending on the level of difficulty you experience in the following areas:

10 daily living activities –

Preparing food, Taking nutrition, Managing therapy or monitoring a health condition, Washing and bathing, Managing toilet needs or incontinence, Dressing and undressing, Communicating verbally, Reading and understanding signs, symbols and words, Engaging with other people face-to-face, Making budgeting decisions.

Two mobility activities –

Planning and following a journey, Moving around.

PIP assessments have a 3 step process.

  1. A Personal Independence claim form (PIP1 form) will need to be completed, normally over the phone.
  2. How your disability affects youquestionnaire (PIP2 form)
  3. Face to Face Consultation – A healthcare professional under contract to the DWP will carry it out. The young person can bring someone to the consultation for support.

Both components of PIP are paid at either a standard rate or an enhanced rate depending on the level of your child’s needs.

The daily living component weekly rates are:

Standard rate – £55.65 Enhanced rate – £83.10

The mobility component weekly rates are:

Standard rate – £22.00 Enhanced rate – £58.00

Some people may get the same amount of PIP as they previously got in DLA. However, others may find that their payments are either higher or lower than before. Other DLA claimants may be refused PIP altogether.

What our friends and families say...

“Thank you, yet again, to Friends & Families of Special Children for providing opportunities for my son that I never thought he would be able to do.  During the summer he was able to have surfing lessons and enjoy other water sport activities organised by the charity.   When we arrive at the sessions they are always very well planned and as parents we have no explaining to do and even better no apologising for our child’s behaviour!  The staff have an amazing understanding and empathy on the needs of various disabilities of the children and this helps to keep everyone relaxed and happy including the parents/carers!”

October 2015

“It was the best day ever being able to go swimming as a family with her little sister who can only use a hydrotherapy pool. We’re so grateful we can have unforgettable days out thanks to the events you put on. We can thank you enough.”

May 2016

“Not only does the charity provide exciting experiences for the children but can also help with much needed support for the parents.  Being a parent of a disabled child can at times be very lonely and isolating.  To meet with other parents on these activity days is a breath of fresh air and helps you to realise that there are many other people like you facing the similar day to day challenges of having a disabled child.  From our personal experiences we can share stories, offer help and advice and even make new friends.”

January 2018

“The emotional support I received from my befriender was fantastic and the opportunity to off load and reveal my concerns and fears was like having a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.”

Gareth Allen (parent)

“What a fantastic friendly welcoming place. We visited for the first time this morning for help to fill in a DLA form for our eldest daughter. We were given great help and advice with something we found very overwhelming and difficult.”

February 2017

“Thank you to all staff for looking after our kids at Magdalen Farm. Oliver has really enjoyed himself and can’t wait till the next time.”

August 2017

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