What's the difference between Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment? Can I apply for any of them?

Given the restriction measures currently in place due to coronavirus, some rules around claiming and assessments for benefits have been changed or relaxed in the short term. Please check our Coronavirus (Covid-19): Welfare and benefits section to ensure you are getting the most up to date information or call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999, from 8am to 8pm weekdays or 9am to 1pm Saturdays.

Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) are similar in that they are all benefits to help you meet the extra costs of your disability - including any care you might need and any help you need to get out and about.

The difference between them is at what age you can first claim them: DLA is for anyone under 16, PIP is for people under state pension age, and Attendance Allowance is for people over state pension age. Note that if you already get PIP when you reach pension age you can continue to get it as long as you meet the qualifying criteria.

More detailed information on each benefit can be found on RNIB's Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment web pages.

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