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Personal Independence Payment - PIP and Other Help

Other help you can get when you're getting Personal Independence Payment.

1. Other help for people getting PIP

When you get Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you might also be able to get extra benefits and other help.

Find out in this guide what else you could get if you get Personal Independence Payment:

Make sure you look at all the pages that apply to you to see all of the extra benefit and other help that might be available to you.

You can get an idea of whether you’ll qualify for PIP, and which components and which rates you might get, on the c-App website. Or you can check out our Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Test guide to find out what you can score points for.

2. I get PIP, what else can I get?

If you or your partner gets any Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you could get the extra benefits and other help listed on this page.

Disability Premium 

Premiums are extra amounts included in some benefits if you fit the criteria. The disability premium is an extra £34.35 per week for single people and £48.95 per week for couples.

If you or your partner is getting PIP, you can get a disability premium included in your Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Housing Benefit.

If you are getting contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, you might also get a top-up of income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance if you qualify for a disability premium.

If you are already getting full Housing Benefit, you will not get any more even if you qualify for a premium.

There is no disability premium paid within Universal Credit.

Working Tax Credit Disabled Worker element 

If you get PIP, work 16 hours per week and you count as at a disadvantage in getting a job, you can get an extra amount included in your Working Tax Credit worth up to £3,000 per year.

Exemption from the Benefit Cap 

The Benefit Cap limits the amount of some benefits that families can get even if their entitlement would have been more. If you, your partner or your child gets PIP, you are exempt from the cap. 

Disabled person’s railcard

A disabled person’s railcard gives you one-third off the cost of most train journeys. If you get PIP, you can buy a disabled person’s railcard by contacting National Rail:

 

Updated April 2019

3. I get the daily living component of PIP, what else can I get?

If you or your partner gets any rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment, you could get the extra benefits and other help listed:

Severe Disability Premium

Premiums are extra amounts included in some benefits if you fit the criteria. The severe disability premium is an extra £65.85 per week for each person (you or your partner) who qualifies.

If you or your partner is getting the daily living component of PIP, you don’t have non dependants living with you and no-one is claiming Carer’s Allowance or the Carer’s element of Universal Credit for looking after you, you could also get the severe disability premium included in your Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance. Read more about this premium on our Severe Disability Premium page

If you are getting contributory Employment and Support Allowance, you may also get a top-up of income-related Employment and Support Allowance if you qualify for a severe disability premium.

Severe Disability Premium is not paid with Universal Credit.

Housing Benefit non dependant deductions

Non dependant deductions can reduce your Housing Benefit entitlement. Check our non dependant page to see who counts as a non dependant. If you or your partner get the daily living component of PIP, your Housing Benefit is not affected by non dependants. 

Disregard from Council Tax

If you get the daily living component of PIP, you are severely mentally impaired and you have a doctor’s certificate that says you are severely mentally impaired, you do not count as an adult for Council Tax. This means that your partner or the person you live with could get 25% single person discount on their Council Tax bill even though you live with them. 

Carer’s Allowance 

Carer’s Allowance may be available to someone who looks after you. If you are getting the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), your carer looks after you for 35 hours per week and your carer earns less than £123 per week, they may be able to claim Carer’s Allowance of £66.15 per week. You can’t get the Severe Disability Premium included in your benefits if someone claims Carer’s Allowance for looking after you. 

Universal Credit Carer’s element

The Carer’s element of Universal Credit may be available to someone who looks after you. If you are getting the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and your carer looks after you for 35 hours per week, they may be able to claim the Carer’s element of up to £160.20 per month. You can’t get the Severe Disability Premium included in your benefits if someone claims the Carer’s element for looking after you. 

 

Updated: April 2019

4. I get the enhanced rate daily living component of PIP, what else can I get?

If you or your partner gets the enhanced rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment, you could get the extra benefits and other help listed:

Enhanced Disability Premium

Premiums are extra amounts included in some benefits if you fit the criteria. The enhanced disability premium is an extra £16.80 per week if you or your partner qualifies and £24.10 per week if you both qualify.

If you or your partner is getting the enhanced rate of the daily living component of PIP, you can get an enhanced disability premium included in your Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Housing Benefit.

If you are getting contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or contributory Employment and Support Allowance, you may also get a top-up of income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance if you qualify for a premium.

If you are already getting full Housing Benefit, you will not get any more even if you qualify for a premium.

The Enhanced Disability Premium is not paid with Universal Credit.

Working Tax Credit Severe Disability element 

If you or your partner gets the enhanced rate of the daily living component of PIP, you can get an extra amount included in your Working Tax Credit worth up to £1,365 per year.

Updated: April 2019

5. I get the enhanced rate mobility of PIP, what else can I get?

If you or your partner gets the enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment, you could get the extra benefits and other help listed:

Motability

If you receive the enhanced rate of the mobility component, you can use it to lease an adapted car, scooter or wheelchair through the Motability scheme.

Getting your Motability car

You can find out more about how the scheme works on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and the Scheme page of the Motability website or phone 0300 456 4566.

Losing your Motability car when your PIP claim is decided

If you do not qualify for the PIP enhanced rate mobility component, for example, when your award is reviewed or renewed, or you transfer from Disability Living Allowance, you may have to return your Motability vehicle. 

You can read more about what happens when you have to return a Motability vehicle on the Unsuccessful reassessment page of the Motability website

If you lose your Motability vehicle but you think you should qualify for the enhanced rate mobility component of PIP, make sure you read our How do I challenge a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision? page.

Car Tax exemption

If you are getting the enhanced rate of the mobility component, you can be exempt from vehicle tax. The exemption has to be for a vehicle that is used by or for you.

You can find out how to apply on the Financial help if you’re disabled: Vehicles and transport page of the gov.uk website.

Blue badge

You could get a Blue Badge to help you with parking if:

You can find out how to apply on the Financial help if you’re disabled: Vehicles and transport page of the gov.uk website.

Disabled person’s bus pass

You could get free bus travel in your local area if:

You can find out how to apply at your local council by entering your postcode on the Apply for a disabled person’s bus pass page of the gov.uk website.

The government plans to make changes to the Blue Badge scheme during 2019 to improve support for people with invisible disabilities.

Updated: March 2019

6. I get the standard rate mobility of PIP, what else can I get?

If you or your partner gets the standard rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment, you could get the extra benefits and other help listed:

Car Tax discount

If you are getting the standard rate of the mobility component, you can get a 50% discount off your vehicle tax. The discount has to be for a vehicle that is used by or for you.

You can find out how to apply on the Financial help if you’re disabled: Vehicles and transport page of the gov.uk website.

Blue badge

You could get a Blue Badge to help you with parking if:

You can find out how to apply on the Financial help if you’re disabled: Vehicles and transport page of the gov.uk website.

The government plans to make changes to the Blue Badge scheme during 2019 to give more support to people with invisible disabilities.

Disabled person’s bus pass

You could get free bus travel in your local area if:

You can find out how to apply at your local council by entering your postcode on the Apply for a disabled person’s bus pass page of the gov.uk website.

 

Updated March 2019