Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) helps with some of the extra costs caused by long term ill-health or a disability if you're aged between 16 and 64.

What is Personal Independence Payment?

  • Personal Independence Payment is made up of two components:
    • a Daily Living component and
    • a Mobility component.
  • Each component has has two rates - a standard rate and an enhanced rate.
  • You'll need an assessment to work out what you could get. 
  • Personal Independence Payment isn't affected by income or savings, it's not taxable and people can get it if they are in or out of work.

How to claim

You need to phone the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) on 0800 917 2222 in order to make a claim.  Someone else can do this for you if you are unable to use a phone.

If you have a hearing impairment, you can register your claim by sending an email to rfp1.pilot@dwp.gsi.gov.uk. The email should include your full name and title, address and postcode and should include the phrase "Please send me a PIP paper claim form". 

Personal Independence Payment Self Assessment

Take the online Personal Independence Payment self assessment to see if you could qualify.   

If you need advice please contact us

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Personal Independence Payment components, rates and weekly amounts (April 2016 rates)

ComponentStandard RateEnhanced Rate

Daily Living

£55.10£82.30

Mobility

£21.80

£57.45

If you are already getting Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is ending for people who were born after 8.4.48 and are 16 or over.  You'll continue to get DLA until the DWP)writes to you to tell you when it will end and invite you to apply for PIP.  You can use the PIP checker to find out if and when you'll be asked to claim.

If you are 65 years and over

If you are aged 65 or over on or before 8 April 2013, you don't need to claim Personal Independence Payment and will continue to get Disability Living Allowance as long as you satisfy the conditions of entitlement.  

What happens if I you have been turned down for Personal Independence Payment or the award is less than you expected? 

  • If you have received a decision that you are not happy about, you can ask for the decision to be looked at again. This is called a  mandatory reconiseration.  If the decision is not revised in your favour, you can  appeal against the decision.
  • If you have a Motability vehicle but no longer qualify for one under Person al Independence Payment, you may be eligible for a lump sum one-off payment
  • The Money Advice Service can give you budgeting support to help you cope with a drop in your income.   

Contact details

Welfare Rights Team

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476900 (Option 1)