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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and the Scheme

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for disabled people between the ages of 16 and 64, even those with 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).

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.

Preparing for PIP reassessment

The Government began replacing DLA with PIP in April 2013 in Great Britain and on 20 June 2016 in Northern Ireland.

The DWP (or Department for Communities in Northern Ireland) are 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.

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