Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a new benefit to help disabled people live full, active and independent lives. For people aged 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age it replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from 8 April 2013.

PIP will help towards some of the extra costs arising from having a long-term condition (this means ill-health or disability expected to last a year or longer). It is based on how a person’s condition affects them, not the condition they have. PIP has a 3 month qualifying period and 9 month prospective test. PIP will be made up of two components – daily living and mobility – each can be paid at standard rate or enhanced rate, depending on need.

PIP is a benefit people can get whether they are in or out of work, it is not affected by income or savings and is not taxed. PIP passports other benefits, such as carers allowance.

For more information and how to claim please see the GOV.UK website.

Help and advice on making a claim

You can find information on the benefits you might be entitled to on the Contact – for families with disabled children website