Personal Independence Payment - What is PIP?
What is PIP?
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a disability benefit paid to people who are 16 to 64 years old. It has replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 and over. You can no longer put in a new claim for DLA. All new claims will be for PIP.
You can get PIP if you have a mental or physical condition which affects your day to day life. These things 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. These are the:
- daily living component, and
- mobility component.
Each component is paid at either a standard or an enhanced rate. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) use a points system to see if you can get the components at the standard or enhanced rate. They give you points if you cannot do certain activities.
Weekly amounts from April 2017
Daily living component
- Standard rate - £55.65
- Enhanced rate - £83.10
- Standard rate - £22.00
- Enhanced rate - £58.00
PIP is not affected by your income, capital or savings. You can get the full amount of PIP on top of other benefits or tax credits. But PIP may affect Constant Attendance Allowance or war pensioner’s mobility supplement.
PIP is paid directly into your bank, building or post office account every 4 weeks.
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