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What is PIP?

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people who need daily help because of a long-term illness, disability or mental health condition. We explain what PIP is.

It is a benefit paid to people who are 16 - 64 years old and has replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

What is Personal Independent Payment?

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a non-means tested benefit meaning your claim will not be affected by your income, capital or savings.

You can also claim on top of other benefits including Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit.

PIP can also be paid when you are in or out of work. And because PIP is a non-contributory benefit, you don't have to worry about whether you have paid enough National Insurance (NI) to claim.

However, PIP may affect Constant Attendance Allowance or war pensioners' mobility supplement.

You can claim PIP if you have a mental or physical condition which affects your day-to-day life. This may include the following:

  • Speaking to other people
  • Shopping and paying bills
  • Planning and following journeys
  • Preparing food and eating
  • Washing and bathing

PIP is made up of two parts known as components, and you may qualify for one or both:

Each PIP component is paid into your bank, building or post office account every four weeks at either a standard or an enhanced rate.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) use a points system at an assessment to see which components you are eligible for and at what rate.

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