Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

The Government has listened to calls from across the disability sector to ensure that there is sufficient time to evaluate how the first PIP assessments work before starting reassessment for existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants.

Reassessments for most people currently on DLA to see if they are eligible to receive PIP will now start in October 2015.

This process was due to start in 2014, but has been delayed to enable time for an independent review of the first PIP claims to be carried out.

PIP will come in from 8 April 2013 for new claims in parts of the North West and North East of England. The rest of the country will follow in June 2013.

If you already receive DLA and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has awarded it to you for:

  1. a fixed period of time, then DWP will contact you about PIP when your claim is up for a renewal or if you report a change of circumstances.
  2. an indefinite period of time or for the long term, then DWP will probably contact you from January 2014 to let you know that your DLA is due to end and invite you to make a claim for PIP. 

Areas outside of North West and North East England

If you are not living in the North West or North East England, and are currently claiming DLA, you will be reassessed to see if you are eligible to receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) from October 2015. 

Find out more

We have a number of frequently asked questions about PIP which answers some of the most common questions we are asked.

To find out more about Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and what it means for you, you can download the PIP information factsheet

Or, if you would prefer to talk to someone, you can also contact us at the RNIB Helpline on: 0303 123 9999 or at

Kevin Nuttall, our resident welfare rights blogger, has written a series of posts on PIP and the changes in benefits. Browse his recent blog posts to find out more

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