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.