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An introduction to Personal Independence Payment for support organisations and advisers. December 2012. A new benefit for disabled people is being introduced. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will replace DLA for eligible claimants aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013

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a new benefit for disabled people is being introduced
A new benefit for disabled people is being introduced
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will replace DLA for eligible claimants aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013
    • This includes all new claims and existing DLA claimants aged 16 to 64 on the day PIP is introduced
  • It is part of a wider reform of the welfare system
  • It remains non means tested and non taxable, and is payable both in and out of work
  • It will include an assessment of individual needs and introduces more consistent use of supporting evidence
pip is designed to help with additional costs
PIP is designed to help with additional costs
  • PIP is to help towards some of the extra costs arising from ill health or disability
  • It is based on how a claimant’s condition affects them not on what condition they have
  • There is a three month qualifying period (the time a condition or ill health has existed before a claim is made) and a nine month prospective test (the amount of time a condition or ill health is expected to last when a claim is made)
  • Awards will be reviewed to make sure the assessment continues to reflect the claimant’s needs
  • Reviews will be at appropriate intervals depending on how likely it is for their condition or impairment to change
pip is for working age people
PIP is for working age people
  • PIP is for people aged from 16 to 64 on or after 8 April 2013
    • This includes existing DLA claimants who have an indefinite or ‘lifetime’ award
  • Children (up to 16 years of age) will carry on getting DLA
    • DWP will contact the parent or guardian of a child before their 16th birthday to let them know they should consider claiming PIP
  • People aged 65 or over on 8 April 2013 will continue to get DLA as long as they remain eligible
  • People receiving Attendance Allowance will not be affected by the introduction of PIP
pip will be introduced from april 2013

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PIP will be introduced from April 2013

From October 2013, DWP will start to reassess existing DLA claimants.

DWP will start reassessment to PIP of fixed period DLA awards coming up for renewal, young people turning 16 or where DLA claimants with indefinite awards report a change in their condition.

New claims to PIP will start for the remaining parts of the UK. There will be no new claims to DLA for people aged 16 to 64.

New claims to PIP start for people living in Cheshire, Cumbria, Merseyside, North East England and North West England. When a DLA claim is received from this area, it will be treated as a claim to PIP instead.

DLA new claims continue in all other parts of the country and for existing DLA claimants.

DWP will send general information about PIP to all existing DLA claimants in their DLA uprating letters. DLA claimants don’t need to take any action as a result of this letter.

DWP will begin selecting existing DLA claimants and tell them what they need to do to claim PIP. We will prioritise DLA claimants who have turned 65 after 8 April 2013, when PIP was first introduced.

pip has two components with two different rates
PIP has two components with two different rates

PIP has two components with two different rates

  • Personal Independence Payment is made up of a:
  • Daily living component
  • Mobility component
  • Awards will be made up of one or both of these components
  • Each component will have two rates:
  • Standard
  • Enhanced
the assessment criteria are designed to be objective
The assessment criteria are designed to be objective
  • The criteria DWP will use to assess people against to PIP will:
  • Assess disabled people as individuals
  • Focus on the impact that their health condition or impairment has on their daily lives
  • Consider the individual’s ability to carry out key everyday activities
  • Take account of physical, sensory, mental, intellectual and cognitive impairments and developmental needs
  • Reflect variable and fluctuating conditions

They take into account whether activities can be carried out:

  • Reliably
  • Repeatedly
  • Safely, and
  • In a timely manner
there are five key stages to claiming pip

1

Thinking about claiming

Information about PIP will available from a range of sources, including online, via leaflets and through support organisations. This will explain the eligibility criteria and help the claimant decide if they want to claim PIP.

Existing DLA claimants will be contacted individually to ask if they want to claim PIP.

There are five key stages to claiming PIP

2

Making a claim

Claimants (or those supporting them) phone DWP to make a claim to 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.

A ‘How your disability affects you’ form is then posted to the claimant.

Telling your story

3

Claimant completes the ‘How your disability affects you’ form to explain how their condition affects their daily life, both on good and bad days and over a range of activities.

Supporting evidence can be sent with this form, which they return to DWP by post.

4

Assessment

Claim details, form and supporting evidence are passed to the health professional.

Most people will be asked to attend a face to face consultation unless a decision can be reached on the basis of written evidence. Claimants can take someone along for support, this will provide the opportunity to explain their support needs in their own words. Home visits will be available when necessary.

The health professional reviews the claim against a set of clear descriptors to assess the challenges faced by the individual.

Decision

5

A DWP Case Manager will use all the information in the claim form, from the health professional and anything else that has been provided. They will make a reasoned decision on entitlement, including the level and length of award.

existing dla working age claimants will be asked if they want to claim pip
Existing DLA working age claimants will be asked if they want to claim PIP
  • Existing DLA recipients who are aged between 16 and 64 years old on 08 April 2013 (the day that PIP is introduced) will need to decide if they want to make a claim to PIP
  • From October 2013 there will be Reassessment to PIP of fixed period DLA awards coming up for renewal, young people turning 16 or where DLA claimants with indefinite awards reports a change in their condition.
  • From October 2015 all remaining claimants in receipt of a DLA award will be invited to make a claim to PIP. We will select those recipients of DLA in receipt of an indefinite award or a fixed term award , and notify them about what they need to do to claim PIP.
  • Once selected for reassessment, claimants will be asked to claim PIP.
  • If they do, then their DLA award will normally continue until a decision on the PIP claim is made. If they don’t claim PIP then their DLA claim will end.
  • Existing claimants do not need to take any action now
there will be an individual assessment
There will be an individual assessment
  • The PIPassessment will involve health professionals who consider the evidence provided by the claimant, along with any further medical evidence
  • Most people will be asked to a face to face consultation with this health professional as part of the claim process
  • Claimants can take somebody with them to the consultation
  • Home visits will be available when necessary
  • People with severe health conditions or those who are terminally ill are unlikely to be asked to go to a face to face consultation
  • The health professional will provide advice to a DWPbenefit Case Manager
  • The DWP Case Manager will then use all of this information to decide entitlement to PIP
there may be an impact on other benefits and services
There may be an impact on other benefits and services
  • The reassessment of DLA to PIP, or a new award of PIP may affect other benefits and services including:
    • Tax Credits (Disability premium up to age 20 where applicable and severe disablement allowance
    • Disabled Child premium Up to age 20
    • The Enhanced disability premium (currently payable for DLA Highest rate Care awards)
    • The Blue Badge scheme
    • Carers Allowance
    • The Motability scheme
    • Public transport concessions, e.g. Freedom Passes
    • Housing Benefit
    • Council Tax Benefit
  • DWP intend to maintain existing passporting arrangements, wherever possible
you can find more information online
You can find more information online
  • More information on PIP for claimants can be found on the Gov.uk internet site: www.gov.uk/pip