13 Apr Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
If you have a long term illness or disability – physical and/or mental – and you are aged between 16 and 64 years old then you may be entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
PIP replaces DLA for people between the ages of 16 and 64 (or who were under 65 on 8 April 2013). The DWP are in the process of reassessing existing working age DLA claimants for PIP (In England, Wales & Scotland). PIP is available for new claimants aged between 16-64 (in England, Wales & Scotland).
PIP can be paid regardless of your income, savings or National Insurance contribution record and is a tax free benefit. You can get PIP even if you are working or studying. If you are a carer who has care needs, you can claim PIP for yourself and this will not affect your Carer’s Allowance.
Getting PIP does not reduce other benefits, it may even increase them. If you have a carer then claiming PIP may help them to qualify for certain benefits (such as Carers Allowance). PIP may also entitle you and/or your carer to further help with council tax.
There are no restrictions on how you can spend your PIP money, and you do not have to spend it on paying for the care that you need. However, your council or trust can take PIP into account when calculating how much you might need to pay for any care services