As you should be aware the Government is making a number of changes to the benefits system. From April 2013 a new allowance was introduced called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which will gradually replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for disabled people aged between 16 and 64.
✔ Affected - Disabled people aged between 16 and 64, (including 'indefinite' or 'lifetime' DLA awards)
✔ Affected - Disabled children will continue to receive DLA until they reach the age of 16 and are assessed for PIP
✗ Not affected - Any existing DLA recipient who turned 65 on or before 8 April 2013 will continue to receive DLA
✗ Not affected - People receiving the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Independence Payment.
Current DLA recipients (that meet the criteria below) will be contacted by the DWP from October 2013 onward and invited to apply for PIP.
Most people receiving DLA will not be affected by PIP until 2015 or later (2018) when all remaining DLA recipients will be reassessed for PIP, including those on lifetime or indefinite awards.
You can keep up to date with the latest news on PIP and the DWP's reassessment process in Lifestyle, you can also:
Check your eligibility for PIP by going to gov.uk/pip-checker
For more information about the DWP's plans, go to direct.gov.uk/pip
Independent charity Disability Rights UK also produces a series of factsheets covering DLA and PIP and these are available from disabilityrightsuk.org/factsheets.