What is 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.

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.

To request a PIP claim form from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), call 0800 917 2222 (Textphone: 0800 917 7777).

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