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Welfare Changes:

Personal Independence Payments

Benefit Cap

Universal Credit

Employment and Support Allowance

Housing Benefit

Finance Support

Disputing a Social Security Benefit Decision

Personal Independence Payments

Personal independence payments (PIPs) will replace Disability living allowance for working age people (16-64)

This is a new benefit to help those with disabilities or long term health issues.

PIPs is not a means tested benefit. This means that the claimant’s income or savings are not taken into account. If you are working you can still apply.

The only remaining DLA awards will be those for under 16s (child DLA) and anyone aged 65 or over.

Anyone currently claiming DLA will be at some point in the coming 2 years receive a letter advising their claim will be coming to an end and invite them to claim the new PIPs benefit.

What is the different with DLA?

The key change is that PIPs will introduce a new assessment process. It looks at the impact the condition has on a person’s everyday life, rather than the condition itself.

There are two components – Daily living and Mobility.

When being assessed for each of these components a person will be given a score and this will determine if they qualify. For each component you must score at least 8 points to qualify. This will give you the standard rates & 12 points or above entitle you to the enhanced rates.

Disability living Allowance RatesPersonal Independence Payments Rates
High Rate Mobility £57.75Enhanced Rate Mobility £57.75
Low Rate Mobility £21.80Standard Rate Mobility £21.80
High Rate Care £82.30Enhanced Rate Care £82.30
Middle Rate Care £55.10Standard Rate Care £21.80
Low Rate Care £21.80No longer available under PIPs

The new rates are shown above.

For more information on this benefit change click on https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/personal-independence-payment

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