When does PIP replace DLA

When are existing Disability Living Allowance claimants expected to claim Personal Independence Payment instead?

This process happens in two stages. The first stage affects:

  • Disabled young people who receive Disability Living Allowance and are approaching 16 (unless terminally ill)
  • Disabled people over 16 who receive Disability Living Allowance and are either
    • Reporting changes of circumstances or
    • Reaching the end of fixed-term awards of Disability Living Allowance.

This stage has already begun throughout Wales and central England and in some parts of Scotland and northern England. The government announced the roll out in the remaining areas as of 25 June 2015.

You can reach details of the relevant postcodes by using the Government’s PIP checker.

Between October 2015 and March 2017 all remaining Disability Living Allowance claimants over 16 are supposed to be invited to claim Personal Independence Payment instead.

But Disability Living Allowance claimants will not be asked to claim Personal Independence Payment instead if they were aged 65 or over on 8 April 2013, the date when Personal Independence Payment was first introduced.

These older Disability Living Allowance claimants can continue to receive Disability Living Allowance so long as they continue to be entitled to it.