Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and the Scheme
The Government has begun to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people aged between 16 and 64. This process began in April 2013 in Great Britain and began in Northern Ireland from 20 June 2016. If you are awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP, you will continue to be able to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme.
PIP will replace DLA for disabled people between 16 and 64, even if you currently have an ‘indefinite’ or ‘lifetime’ award. Disabled children will continue to receive DLA until they reach the age of 16. DLA will also continue to be available for those who were aged 65 or over on 8 April 2013 (20 June 2016 in Northern Ireland).
The DWP (or Department for Communities in Northern Ireland) will be writing to affected DLA recipients over the next three years informing them that they will need to apply for PIP. The DWP will continue to make payments until a decision on the PIP claim has been made.
The most important thing you can do at this stage is ensure that the DWP (or Department for Communities in Northern Ireland) has your correct contact details. You don’t need to do anything else until the department writes to you, however, once they have contacted you, make sure you respond within their given timescales.
If you have just been awarded Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP and have never had a vehicle on the Scheme, click through to find:
- Information on how the Scheme works to help you decide if it’s right for you
- What other customers have said about the Scheme and the difference it has made to them
If you currently receive DLA and you are waiting for your PIP reassessment, click through to find:
- Information and advice for existing customers
- Some things to think about if you aren’t currently a customer but are considering the Scheme for the first time
If you are a customer looking for information about what to do if you are unsuccessful with your PIP reassessment, click through to find:
- Information on the support package that may be available, including up to £2,000 financial support
- Information and advice on staying mobile after the Motability Scheme
Find out more information about PIP
More information about the DWP’s plans for DLA and PIP can be found on the Government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/personal-independence-paymentOpens in new window , or for Northern Ireland visit: nidirect.gov.uk/personal-independence-payment Opens in new window
Disability Rights UK (an independent charity) has produced a guide to claiming PIP, you can find this and other factsheets covering DLA and PIP at: www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/benefits-information/factsheets/factsheets-alphabetical-orderOpens in new window
Lord Sterling's statement on transitional support package
Motability Chairman Lord Sterling announces details of the transitional support package for customers who leave the Scheme as a result of PIP reassessment.