Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is intended to assist with the additional costs of a disability in order to help you live more independently.

PIP is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged from 16 – 64 years.

Shine has developed information to help you understand PIP and to assist you in completing the PIP application form. For further information go to

Ongoing Awards for Personal Independence Payment

Guidance from DWP means people who are awarded the highest level of support under PIP – and where their needs are expected to stay the same or increase – will receive an ongoing award of PIP with a light touch review every 10 years.

The change will ensure that those with severe or progressive conditions receive an award which reflects the fact that their condition will not improve.

While new claimants will be considered for such awards from the date that they claim, existing claimants, with awards up to a specific date, will be considered when their current one comes up for reconsideration. Anyone not receiving an “on going” award can appeal this aspect of the decision in the usual way.

Current claimants could also request a Mandatory Reconsideration of their "short term" award, in an attempt to have the length of the award increased, but caution must be taken with this approach since awards can go down as well as up following a reconsideration.



Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is up to date, however changes in the law over time may affect the accuracy of some content. The information provided does not constitute legal or professional advice. You should always check details regarding your welfare rights with a local advice centre or the Department for Works and Pensions.

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