Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has some similarities to Disability Living Allowance (DLA), yet it is different in significant ways.
The main similarities are:
• PIP is a non-means-tested, non-taxable cash benefit that you can choose how to spend.
• You can claim the benefit whether you are in or out of work.
• PIP has two components (but these have different eligibility criteria).
• PIP is linked to getting other benefits — almost all of the existing arrangements for DLA (such as the Blue Badge and Carer’s Allowance) will continue.
• There are special rules for terminally ill people.
The main differences are:
• PIP has different qualifying rules to DLA.
• PIP is assessed on a totally different set of criteria to DLA — you need to score a certain number of points in relation to 12 everyday activities.
• You will need to have a medical assessment by an independent health professional to see if you can get PIP — entitlement to DLA was based on the information you or your GP provided, but the government fears that this resulted in overpayments and bogus claims.
• In most cases, the medical assessment will involve a face-to-face consultation.
• The two components of PIP have only two rates of payment, whereas the care component of DLA has three.
• Unlike DLA, all awards of PIP will be reviewed on a regular basis, even if you are permanently disabled, unless you have been awarded the benefit under the terminal illness rules.
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