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Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment


As part of the UK Governments Welfare Reform Cuts, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for working age people is coming to an end.


Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has been fully replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people aged 16 to 64 from 10 June 2013 for new claims only.


PIP includes an assessment of individual needs and aims to make sure financial support is targeted at those who face the greatest challenges to living independently.


Who will it affect?


PIP is for people aged 16 to 64, DLA remains for children up to the age of 16. From October 2013, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will contact them as they approach 16 to explain what will happen.


When do the changes start?


New Claims - The changes to DLA started on 10th June 2013.


Existing Claims - The DWP have stated ‘From October 2013, anyone with a DLA award coming up for renewal, young people turning 16 or DLA claimants reporting a change in their health condition or disability, will be invited to claim PIP. DWP will write to the remaining individuals at some point from October 2015 onwards to let them know when their DLA is due to end, and explain how they can make a claim to PIP. All existing DLA claimants invited to claim PIP will be told what they need to do, and by when.

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