I currently receive DLA, do I have to claim PIP and will I be reassessed?

PIP has replaced DLA as the benefit for people of working age who need help with the extra costs caused by illness or disability. If you are an existing recipient of DLA, and aged 16 or over, you may have to claim PIP to replace your DLA award.

People aged 65 or over who already get DLA:

  • If on 8 April 2013 (or 20 June 2016 in Northern Ireland) you were aged 65 or over you will not be reassessed for, and cannot claim PIP; your DLA will continue and can be renewed as required.
  • If on 8 April 2013 (or 20 June 2016 in Northern Ireland) you were aged under 65 you will be reassessed for PIP.

DLA claimants aged 16 up to state pension age

There is no automatic transfer from DLA to PIP, so you will have to make a claim for PIP if you wish to continue getting a disability benefit. The DWP will at some point send you a letter as an existing DLA claimant inviting you to make a claim for PIP.

If you have an indefinite or long-term award of DLA

As part of the “natural reassessment” process, the DWP will send you a letter explaining that your DLA is due to end and will invite you to claim PIP. You will have four weeks to claim and you must normally start this process by phone. This is the initial claim which asks for your personal information, such as name, address and preferred format to receive communication.

If you do not claim within four weeks the DWP will suspend your DLA and send you a letter saying that they will lift the suspension once you put in a claim for PIP within the next four weeks. If you still do not start a claim for PIP within that time the DWP will stop your DLA.

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