How does PIP affect means tested benefits

How does Personal Independence Payment affect means-tested benefits?

Household benefit cap – Either rate of either component of Personal Independence Payment exempts a claimant and their partner from the household benefit cap 

Non-dependant deductions – A claimant or their partner is exempt from non-dependant deductions if they receive either rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment.

Personal Independence Payment entitled claimants to the following additions in the calculation of means-tested benefits:

  • Either rate of either component of Personal Independence Payment provides entitlement to the disability premium in Income Support and Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, and if you are under women’s state pension age also in Housing Benefit
  • Either rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment provides entitlement – subject to the other conditions – to the severe disability premium in Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Either rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment provides entitlement – subject to the other conditions – to the additional amount for severe disability in the Guarantee Credit of Pension Credit
    • Enhanced rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment provides entitlement to the enhanced disability premium in Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Either rate of either component of Personal Independence Payment provides entitlement to the limited capability for work element of Universal Credit for claimants over women’s state pension age
  • Enhanced rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment provides entitlement to the limited capability for work-related activity element of Universal Credit for claimants over women’s state pension age.