What is the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit that is meant to help you with the extra costs caused by illness or disability - including having a sight condition. It is for people aged 16 to 64 and replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

Please note

In England, Scotland and Wales: If you were 65 or over on 8 April 2013 then you will not be reassessed for PIP and will remain on DLA. If you were 16 - 64 on 8 April 2013 then you will be reassessed for PIP.

In Northern Ireland: If you were 65 or over on 20 June 2016 then you will not be reassessed for PIP and will remain on DLA. If you were 16 - 64 on 20 June 2016 then you will be reassessed for PIP.

PIP has two parts, a daily living component (to help you with everyday tasks), and a mobility component (to help you with getting around).

PIP is not means-tested, so it doesn't matter how much you earn. If you need help with care or getting out and about, and are not yet claiming for help with this, PIP could give a boost to your weekly income.

Further information on PIP and DLA can be found on RNIB's Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) webpages.

If you are in England, Scotland or Wales you can request a PIP claim form by calling the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP):

  • 0800 917 2222
  • textphone 0800 917 7777

If you are in Northern Ireland you can request a PIP claim form by calling NI Direct:

  • 0800 012 1573
  • textphone 0800 012 1574

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