Personal Independence Payment
From June 2013, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 will be replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Initially this will be for new PIP claims only.
From October 2013, reassessment to PIP will start for customers already receiving DLA where that award is coming up for renewal, young people turning 16 or where current DLA customers report a change in their condition.
The introduction of PIP is part of a wider reform of the welfare system. The new benefit will better reflect today’s understanding of disability which has changed significantly in the two decades since DLA was introduced.
PIP is to help towards some of the extra costs arising from health conditions or disability. It is based on how a person’s condition affects them, not the condition they have.
PIP is for people aged 16 to 64.
- DLA will remain for children up to the age of 16. Once PIP has been introduced, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will contact them as they approach 16 to explain what will happen
- DLA will remain available to those 65 or over on the day that PIP is introduced.
In the same way as DLA, customers can receive PIP whether they are in or out of work. The benefit is not means tested or taxed.
There are two components to PIP – Daily Living and Mobility Needs. Each component can be paid at a standard rate or an enhanced rate for those with the greatest needs.
Making a claim
Customers (or those supporting them) should phone the Department for Work and Pensions to make a claim for PIP.
This involves an identity check and some basic questions. Paper claims won't normally be used, and online claims should be available from spring 2014. Additional support, such as provision of alternative formats will be available.
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Where can you get help and support?
- Your landlord will be able to offer advice on the changes and what you can do to help minimise any impact. They may contact you to offer solutions and support.
Calderdale Citizens Advice Bureau| offers generalist and specialist advice in debt, housing and benefits for walk-in clients and appointments at permanent locations in Halifax, Todmorden and Elland.
To supplement the service, they operate a Telephone Advice Line (01422 842848) as well as outreach services in Hebden Bridge, Brighouse and West Central Halifax.
- The Housing Options Service based at Halifax Customer First offers free and confidential advice to anyone who has housing problems, or who is homeless or threatened with homelessness.
- Shelter offers confidential housing, welfare benefits and debt advice through a network of advice services; freephone Housing Advice Helpline on 0808 800 4444 8am - 8pm Monday - Friday and 8am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday and online at Shelter|.