Personal Independence Payment - Claiming
I claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Will I need to claim PIP instead?
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will assess you for 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 to claim PIP between July 2015 and late 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.
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 have the choice to stay on DLA when this happens.
Can I claim PIP if I want to?
You can choose to claim PIP instead of DLA. But you should think about this carefully. Many people who get DLA do not get PIP at all or 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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