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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) & Attendance Allowance (AA)

Get advice or information about a claim you’ve already made for Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment from the Government’s Disability Service Centre.

Personal Independence Payment

In April 2013 the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) replaced the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16-64 with a health condition or disability. The PIP (like DLA) helps with some of the extra costs caused by ill-health or disability. What you receive is not based on your condition, but how your condition affects you.

From July 2015 the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) started the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rollout for the remaining eligible DLA claimants. Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, has issued a Written Statement to announce this stage of the PIP roll-out.

PIP is made up of 2 component parts:

  • Daily Living component (which includes needing help with things like communication, managing medicines or treatments, washing and bathing etc).
  • Mobility component (if you need help with going out and moving around) and each component is paid at either a standard or enhanced rate.

Key facts

  • This change applies to England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • Most people getting DLA won’t be affected by PIP until 2015 or later. You can check when you will be likely to be affected by using the PIP checker https://www.gov.uk/pip-checker
  • Even those who have been given a lifetime or indefinite DLA award will have to reapply for PIP when it is fully rolled-out.
  • The change from DLA to PIP only affects you if you’re aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013.
  • You may need an assessment to work out the level of help you will get. The eligibility criteria are available on the www.gov.uk/pip  website. Your needs will be regularly re-assessed to make sure you’re getting the right support.
  • New claims for PIP (for those who have not been receiving DLA) will be introduced in parts of the north of England from 8 April 2013, and nationwide from 10 June 2013.

Where to go for help

Action on Hearing Loss have created a subtitled video to explain about PIP. Follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyRMy_vYXdM&list=PLeJ0kwUqFJGBHmj4VSgs19rJEfS6doKMr


Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a benefit that may be paid to people of 65 years and above who have a severe physical or mental disability.

Attendance Allowance helps with some of the extra costs caused as a result of a severe disability such as assistance with communication or any care or supervision that is needed.  Attendance Allowance is paid at two different rates, the one you get depends on the level of help that you need.

Key facts

  • The benefit is available in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • It is only available to those who are 65 years old or above. See section on PIP if you are aged between 16 and 65.
  • You need to meet specific criteria to be a recipient of AA. The eligibility criteria are available here: https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance/eligibility

Where to go for help


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