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'What is the Personal Independence Payment?':
Personal Independence Payment compared with Disability Living Allowance


Here is a comparison between Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment. It doesn’t give every little detail but should help you to see roughly how things are changing.


Disability Living Allowance
Personal Independence Payment
Not means-tested
yes
yes
Not based on NI contributions
yes
yes
Doesn't count as income for mean-tested benefits
yes
yes
Not included in benefit cap
yes
yes
How long must you have had your disability before claiming?
3 months
3 months
How long must you expect your disability to last after making your claim?
6 months
9 months
Help if you have mobility problems

Mobility Component
Mobility Component
What rates are there for mobility problems?
Lower rate, for problems relating to seeing and hearing, and for mental health problems:
£22.65 per week

Higher rate, for problems caused by physical disabilities
£59.75 per week
Standard rate, if your mobility is limited because of either mental or physical problems
£22.65 per week

Enhanced rate, if your mobility is severely limited because of either physical or mental health problems
£59.75 per week
Can I get a Motability Car?
yes, if I am awarded the higher rate for at least a year
yes, if I am awarded the enhanced rate for at least a year
Help if you have problems with daily living activities
Care component

Daily living component

What rates are there for daily living problems?
Lowest rate, basically if you need help for a significant portion of the day, or cannot prepare a cooked meal for one without help
£22.65 per week


Middle rate, basically if you need lots of help throughout the day
£57.30 per week





Highest rate, normally if you need lots of help day and night
£85.60 per week




Standard rate, if your ability to carry out daily living activities is limited because of either mental or physical problems
£57.30 per week

Enhanced rate, if your ability to carry out daily living activities is severely limited because of either mental or physical problems
£85.60 per week
Can someone get Carer’s Allowance for looking after me?
Yes, if you get either the middle or higher rate care

Yes, if you get either rate of the daily living component

If I live alone and no-one gets Carer’s Allowance for looking after me, can I get the severe disability premium on my means-tested benefit?
Yes, if you get either the middle or higher rate care

Yes, if you get either rate of the daily living component

Can I get a disability premium on my Income Support, or income based
Jobseeker's Allowance
Yes, if you get any Disability Living Allowance
Yes, if you get any Personal Independence Payment


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