What is the change?
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit you can claim if you need help with increased costs due to a disability. You may be entitled to it if you need help looking after yourself or you struggle to walk.
Who will be affected?
From June 2013 in Wales, the Government is no longer accepting new claims for DLA if you are aged between 16 and 64, but is instead replacing it with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The new benefit assessment will focus on how your disability affects your day-to-day life and how it impacts on your ability to carry out various tasks. Most people will be asked to attend a face to face consultation with a health professional prior to any award being made.
When will this happen?
If you are currently claiming DLA the roll out of PIP will happen in various stages, depending on your award:
- From October 2013, if you are already claiming DLA and you reach the end of your current award or report a change in your care or mobility needs you will be invited to claim PIP.
- If you have a child who receives DLA and they turn 16 during or after October 2013 they will also be invited to claim PIP.
- For anyone else who is claiming DLA and has an indefinite award (that is, you have not been told that you need to renew your DLA claim) you will contacted from October 2015 so that you can claim Personal Independent Payment.
What can I do?
Your claim will not end without the Department of Work and Pensions contacting you and inviting you to claim Personal
Independence Payment so you do not need to do anything before then.
We want to make sure you do not lose any benefit that you are entitled to. Contact us on 0800 052 2526 if you require any help or further information.
You can also find out more information at www.gov.uk/pip