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Personal Independence Payment guide for Contact

Introduction

This guide looks at the benefits it may be possible for a young disabled person to claim once they turn 16 years of age.

Part 1 looks at Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This is the benefit that is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16-64. You can still receive payments of Child Benefit and any other benefits you get for your child alongside PIP.

Part 2 is in three sections and looks at other benefits your child may be able to claim in their own right once they are 16 or over. If they claim some of these other benefits, any Child Benefit and any other payments you receive for them as a dependant will stop.

Section 1 looks at what happens if your child stays on in certain types of education or training. In this situation you are likely to have a choice of either continuing to claim benefits for your child as a dependant, or helping them claim benefit in their own right as a disabled adult.

Section 2 gives a brief outline of the benefits your child may be able to claim when they leave non-advanced education or training and move into advanced education, training or work, or none of the above.

Section 3 looks in more detail at the benefits that can be claimed by a young person aged 16. What they may claim depends on whether or not they are in education, training or paid employment, and what other income they have.

 

What is Personal Independence Payment?

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit that replaces the current Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64.

Although PIP looks similar to DLA in some respects, it uses entirely new rules to decide whether you qualify for the benefit, and at what rate.

Most people will also be asked to attend a face-to-face meeting with a health professional when they are being assessed for PIP.

DLA will remain as a benefit for children aged under 16.

PIP has two parts – called components. There is a daily living component and a mobility component. Depending on their needs, your son or daughter may qualify for one of these components, or for both at the same time.

PIP is not means-tested so it makes no difference what savings or income your son or daughter has. It can also be paid regardless of whether they are working, and it does not depend on National Insurance contributions.

 

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