What is Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit that helps with the extra costs of a long-term health condition or disability for people aged 16 to 64. PIP is a non-means tested benefit and is not affected by earnings, other income or savings.
The difference between DLA and PIP
As part of its welfare reform programme, the Government is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with a Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
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 informing them that they will need to apply for PIP. The DWP 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 (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.
Can I get PIP?
If you are aged 16 to 64, you may be entitled to PIP if you have a daily living and/or mobility needs and require extra help because of an illness, disability or mental health condition. The DWP makes the decision about the amount of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) you get and for how long. PIP is made up of 2 components called daily living and mobility, and each can be paid at either a standard or enhanced rate.
How much can I receive?
PIP rates (as of April 2018)
|Daily living – standard rate||£57.30|
|Daily living – enhanced rate||£85.60|
|Mobility – standard rate||£22.65|
|Mobility – enhanced rate||£59.75|
If you are in receipt of the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP (currently £59.75 per week) you are eligible to lease a vehicle on the Scheme. If your allowance award does not cover the full length of your next three-year lease, you are still able to join the Scheme as long as you have at least 12 months' award remaining when you place an application.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and the Scheme
The Motability Scheme works with PIP in the same way as it does with DLA. If you are newly awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP and have at least 12 months remaining on your award, you will be able to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme.
DLA to PIP reassessments
Existing recipients of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA who are reassessed and awarded the Enhanced Mobility Component of PIP will continue to be eligible to lease a vehicle on the Scheme. Existing customers who have an unsuccessful DLA–PIP resassessment will no longer be able to lease a vehicle on the Scheme and we will be in touch to help you return the car and support you through this transition. You will have around eight weeks from when the allowance payments end to return the car. We will write to you giving you all the information you need, including details of our transition support package. You may also be eligible for a pro-rata refund of any Advance Payment you made.
You have just been awarded Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP and have never had a vehicle on the Scheme.
You are a customer or considering joining the Scheme for the first time, currently receive DLA and are waiting for your PIP reassessment.
You are a customer looking for information about what to do if you are unsuccessful with your PIP reassessment.