Personal Independence Payment (PIP): an introduction
Benefit changes: What is PIP and how does it affect me?
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being phased out and will be replaced by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in England and Wales. This will affect everyone with a disability between the ages of 16 – 65, whether they are in work or not. Those who are currently over 65 will continue to receive DLA.
In some ways PIP has similarities with DLA, such as the fact that they are both made up of two components – Daily Living and Mobility. PIP is however, a different benefit with different criteria, and individuals will not be able to accurately tell how the transition to PIP will affect them. Some may see an increase in their benefits, others a decrease.
PIP is based on a point-scoring system off assessment in the same way as Employment and Support Allowance.
Sense is working hard to ensure that the new assessments are as accurate as possible so that the needs of deafblind people are effectively recognised.
If you have applied for PIP, please let Sense know what happened so that we can continue to campaign for improvements in the system. There is a survey on the website.
Sense have also worked with the Disability Benefits Consortium to produce a slightly more detailed survey.
If you need any help or information please contact the Information and Advice Team on 0300 330 9256 or 020 7520 0972 or email them at email@example.com, to help you complete the survey.
The PIP timetable
These are the same as for DLA, however regrettably the lower rate of payment for the care component has been removed. It is not yet clear which rates people may be entitled to because the way in which entitlement is assessed as changed, so it is not possible to assume that someone receiving DLA will necessarily get comparable support through PIP; some may see an increase in their benefits, others a decrease.
The rates for PIP in 2013 are:
|Daily living component||Weekly rate (£)|
|Mobility component||Weekly rate (£)|
The application process
If you are already in receipt of DLA you do not need to do anything until DWP contact you and invite you to apply for PIP. When you receive this letter you should act quickly and contact Sense for help and advice on making sure your application is as clear and accurate as possible. You might also want to think about what evidence you could provide to support your application. Sense is in the process of producing a detailed guide on the application process.
Will you have to have a face to face assessment?
Possibly, dependent on the level of benefits you receive. Where it is really clear what benefit someone would receive no face to face assessment will be needed. However some people will need to have an assessment. Again, people should ask Sense for advice about assessments. It can be a good chance to explain how your deafblindness affects you.
Anyone concerned about how they will be affected by these benefit changes should contact Sense for information, support and advice; Sense is very happy to guide people through the transition process to the new PIP benefit.
See more detail about how the PIP benefit will work.
Created: January 2014
Review due: January 2015
First published: Thursday 13 December 2012
Updated: Friday 7 February 2014