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) for people of that age group.

Please note: If you're aged between 16-64 on or after 8 April 2013 you will be invited to claim PIP if previously on DLA. However, If you're already 65 or over on 8 April 2013, then you will not be reassessed for PIP and will remain on DLA. In Northern Ireland this is from 20 June 2016.

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 and 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.

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:

  • For new claims to PIP:
    • 0800 012 1573
    • textphone: 0800 012 1574
  • For existing claims:
    • 0300 123 9221

We have produced a factsheet on PIP that contains lots of useful information and more details about how to make an effective claim for it:

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