Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
PIP is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people of working age across the UK (PIP is now also available in Northern Ireland). If you currently receive DLA, you'll be reassessed for PIP at some point. Although the government on March 11 initially announced to change the PIP assessment scoring in January 2017, this change is no longer going ahead. So, if you're currently claiming PIP or claiming DLA waiting for the PIP assessment, or starting a new PIP application, nothing will change.
You can claim PIP if you have difficulties in getting around or need help looking after yourself because of your MS.
Your eligibility for PIP depends on what help you need. It doesn't matter if you don't actually get this help, as long as you can show you need it.
PIP has two parts (also known as components):
- a daily living component – for help with everyday life, for example dressing, eating, decision making
- a mobility component – for help with getting around. People who are reassessed from DLA to PIP may lose their Motability vehicle if they lose higher rate mobility - contact Motability to discuss your situation.
You can be awarded either, or both, of these parts. How much you get depends on the level of your daily living needs or mobility problems.
You can claim PIP if you're aged between 16 and 64.
You can claim PIP once you have had problems with daily living or mobility for at least three months, and you expect those problems to continue for at least another nine months.
You can get PIP even if:
- you are working
- you have not paid any National Insurance contributions
- you are getting other benefits, such as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- your partner or spouse works
- you have savings
- you live alone and no-one is providing care for you
- you already have someone, a partner for example, providing care for you
- you don’t want anyone to provide care for you
In order to claim PIP, you'll need to complete a claim form. You may also have to attend a face-to-face assessment.
The PIP assessment is a points-based assessment, which means you score points depending on how you can perform different activities. There are 10 activities relating to your daily living needs and two activities relating to your mobility.
The number of points you score will determine whether or not you're entitled to either component of PIP and, if you are, at which rate.
For more information on PIP, and a guide to the assessment process, see our booklet Claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The booklet includes a pull-out section with the descriptors used by the assessor when looking at your claim.
PIP and other benefits
PIP is not counted as income when working out if you're entitled to means-tested benefits including:
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Pension Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Tax Credits
If you receive PIP you may also be able to get higher payments of these benefits.
You may also be able to access the Motability scheme if you’re claiming the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP.
You can also find more information from the following sources:
- Government information about PIP
- Disability Rights UK factsheet
- Age UK factsheet
- Citizen’s Advice
The MS Society continues to campaign to ensure the assessments for PIP are as fair as they can be.