What is the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit that is meant to help you with the extra costs caused by illness or disability - including having a sight condition. It is for people aged 16 to 64 and replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

Please note: If you're aged between 16 to 64 on or after 8 April 2013 (20 June 2016 for those in NI) you will be invited to claim PIP if previously on DLA. However, If you're already 65 or over on 8 April 2013 (20 June 2016 for those in NI), then you will not be reassessed for PIP and will remain on DLA. 

PIP has two parts, a daily living component (to help you with everyday tasks), and a mobility component (to help you with getting around).

PIP is not means-tested, so it doesn't matter how much you earn. If you need help with care or getting out and about, and are not yet claiming for help with this, PIP could give a boost to your weekly income.

Further information on PIP and DLA can be found on our Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) webpages.

If you are in England, Scotland or Wales you can request a PIP claim form from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) by calling:

  • 0800 917 2222
  • Textphone 0800 917 7777

If you are in Northern Ireland you can request a PIP claim form from NI Direct by calling:

  • 0800 012 1573
  • textphone 0800 012 1574

Further information on PIP including how to make an effective claim can be found in our PIP factsheet:

Did this answer your question?

Your feedback will help us to keep improving this website.

Make a donation

Right now we can only reach one in three of the people who need our help most.

Please make a donation and help us support more blind and partially sighted people.

Regular donation Single donation