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Differences between Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment

A factsheet is available for DLA and PIP – the main differences, have been published to help people understand the differences between the two benefits.

For further information please see link to Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment: the main differences on GOV.UK

What is DLA and PIP?

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

DLA is a tax-free benefit for disabled people who need help with mobility or care costs. DLA is ending for people who were born after 8 April 1948 and are 16 or over. You can now only make a new claim for DLA if you’re under 16.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

PIP was introduced in April 2013. PIP helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill health or a disability.

What is the difference between DLA and PIP?

The main difference is that PIP has replaced DLA.

People will continue to get DLA until the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) writes to them:

  • To tell them when it will end.

  • To invite them to apply for PIP.

People will continue to get DLA and not be invited to apply for PIP if:

  • They were born on or before 8 April 1948.

  • They are under the age of 16.

For more information please see Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment: the main differences (external link) and view via the PIP Stakeholder Toolkit (external link) alongside other information for organisations who support PIP and DLA claimants.

Who to contact for further information

For more information see Personal Independence Payment (PIP) on GOV.UK

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