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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.

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

What are Personal Independent Payments?

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are 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 and Universal Credit. 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.

PIP ruling for those affected by mental health

In 2018 a High Court ruling found that the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) policy had discriminated against people with mental health conditions. Find out how the changes could affect you.

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