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Last updated:
30/07/2018

What if I claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

  1. Overview
  2. What is PIP?
  3. What if I claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?
  4. Who can claim PIP?
  5. How will I be assessed for PIP?
  6. How do I claim PIP?
  7. What questions are on the ‘How your disability affects you’ PIP form?
  8. Should I get supporting evidence for a PIP application?
  9. Will I have to go to a face to face medical assessment?
  10. Can I appeal if I think a PIP decision is wrong?
  11. Do I need to speak to a welfare advisor when applying for PIP?
  12. What happens if my health changes when I’m getting PIP?
  13. Can someone claim PIP for me?
  14. Information on PIP
  15. Next steps

If you are already claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will assess you for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) if you are under 65 and:

  • Your fixed period award for DLA ends, or
  • You tell the DWP your care or mobility needs have changed

The DWP will ask everyone else claiming DLA to claim PIP by the end of 2017. This includes people who have a lifetime award. If you do not claim PIP when the DWP asks you to, your DLA will stop.

If you do not claim PIP when the DWP asks you to, your DLA will stop.

The DWP will contact you when they are going to review your claim. You will have 4 weeks to make your claim for PIP. You will not be allowed to stay on DLA.

Can I claim PIP earlier if I want to?

You can choose to claim PIP earlier, but you should think about this carefully and check the DWP page on PIP. Many people who get DLA may not get PIP at all or will get PIP at a lower rate. This is because the entitlement conditions are different. You can’t get PIP at the same time as DLA. 

If you are over 65

  • If you turned 65 by 8th April 2013 you can still get DLA.  The DWP will not ask you to claim PIP.
  • If you are over 65 you cannot make a new claim for DLA or PIP. You will need to claim Attendance Allowance.

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  1. Overview
  2. What is PIP?
  3. What if I claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?
  4. Who can claim PIP?
  5. How will I be assessed for PIP?
  6. How do I claim PIP?
  7. What questions are on the ‘How your disability affects you’ PIP form?
  8. Should I get supporting evidence for a PIP application?
  9. Will I have to go to a face to face medical assessment?
  10. Can I appeal if I think a PIP decision is wrong?
  11. Do I need to speak to a welfare advisor when applying for PIP?
  12. What happens if my health changes when I’m getting PIP?
  13. Can someone claim PIP for me?
  14. Information on PIP
  15. Next steps
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