Personal Independence Payment is a new benefit and will eventually replace Disability Living Allowance for working age people. This is a very important level of financial support for people with conditions and disabilities who face extra costs associated with living independently. It is understandable that there will be many questions about this change and not surprisingly there is a great deal of information available and from many different sources.
For many people the most appropriate place to start will be the gov.uk websites relating to PIP; they give a very good overview of the eligibility criteria and what to expect from the benefit. There is also information for support organisations that help claimants in completing the ‘how your disability affects you’ questionnaire.
Here are some examples of what is available:
- A simple guide to PIP
- Find out if you are eligible for PIP
- The entire PIP process, from claiming to the final decision on benefits
- The letters and forms provided to all PIP claimants
- A PIP toolkit for supporting organisations
The UK government has decided that people applying for PIP should be assessed against standard criteria and that the assessment should be done independently of DWP by appointed ‘Assessment Providers’. Atos Healthcare and Capita have been appointed as the PIP assessment providers for the UK.
Useful PIP information from Atos Healthcare
Atos Healthcare has provided information on our website about our approach to PIP assessment provision, against criteria set by the DWP. We also provide this information in the letters that we send to claimants who are invited to a face to face consultation as part of their assessment.
We aim to provide information in a number of different formats to help explain our part of the process to people with differing communications needs. The assessment process is depicted in our animation. Our frequently asked questions section and this blog also provide information on a range of topics related to our role in the assessment process.
In addition to information from the DWP and from the Assessment Providers, there is a wealth of information provided by Disability Representative Groups (DRG). These groups often provide information that is focused on specific conditions or disabilities and in many cases is more directly relevant to an individual with that condition.
Disability Rights UK has written a comprehensive guide to PIP, which includes detailed information on the entire process, including making the initial claim, filling in the form, and the face-to-face consultation.
A fact sheet from Carers UK explains the differences between three benefits, PIP, Disability Living Allowance, and Attendance Allowance.
There is also more information available from other charities – we’ve listed some links below from these groups where you can find more information on welfare reform and benefits
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust
- Epilepsy Society
- Limbless Association
- National Autistic Society
- Parkinson’s UK
- Terrence Higgings Trust