Before the changes
People aged between 16 and 64 who needed help with their personal care and/or mobility difficulties would receive Disability Living Allowance.
After the changes
People aged between 16 and 64 who need help with their daily living or have mobility difficulties will receive the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This change began in June 2013.
Personal Independence Payments are split into two components.
A Daily Living Component may be awarded if you need help with:
- cooking or preparing meals
- personal care needs such as washing, toileting and dressing
- reading and understanding the written word
- communicating with others
- budgeting and finance
- engaging with others
- taking medication
A Mobility Component may be awarded to help you if:
- you need help to plan or make journeys
- your mobility is restricted
Most people 16 to 64 who currently get Disability Living Allowance will continue to receive it. Then, between October 2015 and October 2018 they will be invited to make a claim for PIP. In these circumstances, if a claim for PIP is not made then eventually any award of DLA will be terminated. If this has happened to you then do seek advice.
What you can do
Contact the Benefits Helpline for more information about this change and advice on what your options are if you are affected.