Hi, can anyone explain what the difference between DLA and PIP is? Thanks in advance !
Hi there, PIP or Personal Independence Payments is a new benefit that the Government have brought in to replace DLA (Disability Living Allowance) for people aged between 16 and 64 years of age.
There are a number of differences. DLA has three rates: low rate, medium rate and high rate for mobility and the same for the care component. PIP has only two: enhanced rate and standard rate.
Any young person coming up to 16 will be assessed for PIP now, instead of DLA. You are assessed to see how you can deal with a number of everyday tasks and to check on your mobility. You will receive a score for each section.
The tests for mobility are much more stringent than they used to be under DLA. Previously, you had to demonstrate that you could not walk more than 50 metres with difficulty. Now you only get enhanced rate PIP if you have difficulty walking 20 metres.
You are eligible for PIP if you score 8 points overall to get standard rate and 12 points in total to get enhanced rates. This web link takes you to a useful guide from Disability Rights UK that covers this new benefit in detail: http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/personal-independence-payment-pip
Great explanation - many thanks for taking the time to reply!