Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people of working age.

If you're making a new claim, you live anywhere in the UK and you're also aged between 16 and 64, you'll need to apply for PIP rather than DLA. Read more about PIP.

If you want to claim for a child under 16 years old, you can still claim DLA - you may find the Disability Rights UK factsheet helpful.

The information on this page aims to answer some of the questions that people who currently receive DLA may have.

Do I have to switch to PIP?

Most people who currently receive DLA will need to be reassessed for PIP.

If you were aged 65 or over on 8 April 2013, you'll continue to receive DLA and will not be reassessed for PIP.

If you claim DLA for a child, they'll receive DLA until they turn 16, at which point they'll need to apply for PIP.

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When will I be reassessed?

Exact dates are not being given but people claiming DLA will be asked to apply for PIP at some stage.

However, your DLA award will be reassessed for PIP earlier if:

  • you report a change in how your MS affects you
  • you have a current DLA award that's due to expire (a renewal claim)

You don’t have to do anything about switching over from DLA to PIP until the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) writes to you and asks you to begin the PIP process. If you are invited to claim PIP, you should claim it.

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What if I have a lifetime award of DLA?

Even if you have a lifetime award of DLA, you'll not be automatically eligible for PIP. You'll need to apply for it as a new benefit.

The DWP will contact you when you need to apply for the new benefit. 

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I live in Northern Ireland. Do I apply for DLA or PIP?

Northern Ireland was later than other parts of the UK in bringing in PIP. But if you live in Northern Ireland, all new claims will now be for PIP, not DLA. If you currently get DLA, you will be reassessed for PIP at some stage. 

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Further information

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Page last updated: 31 Oct 2016

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