PIP is the new disability payment, which is starting to be phased to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for all claimants by 2017.  The government recognises that people with a disability have higher living costs and this benefit is to help those claimants.  PIP, like DLA, is based on the impact of the disability and not the condition or severity.

If you are in receipt of DLA you do not need to do anything until the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) writes to you and invites you to make a claim for PIP.

The DWP envisages the peak period of reassessments will not be until 2016.

There are four basic steps to making a claim:

  • Calling the PIP claim’s line
  • Completing of the 32 page claim form, which consists of 12 questions about your daily living.
  • Assessment Phase, which could be a face to face assessment to gather more information from the Assessment Provider.
  • The decision, the DWP write to inform you of the award.  
At the moment, you don't need to do anything unless your needs or circumstances change.