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Personal Independence Payment - PIP - When will I move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is money for people who have extra care or mobility needs as a result of a disability.

Last reviewed 16 January 2023

When will I move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?

If you already get Disability Living Allowance (DLA), you will have to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead unless:

  • You were born before 8 April 1948
  • You are under 16 years old (under 18 in Scotland).

When will I have to claim PIP instead of DLA?

You will have to claim PIP instead of DLA when:

  • you turn 16 years old (18 in Scotland)
  • you tell the about a change in your care or mobility needs
  • you are asked to claim PIP by the DWP

If you get DLA and your claim has an end date, you will be asked to claim PIP before your DLA ends.

If you get DLA but your claim does not have an end date, you can be asked to claim PIP at any time after September 2017. 

What happens when I claim PIP instead of DLA?

The DWP will contact you and ask you to make a claim for PIP.  

When the DWP asks you to make a claim for PIP, you have four weeks to start your PIP claim. If you start your PIP claim within four weeks, your DLA will keep being paid until your PIP claim has been decided.

If you do not start your PIP claim within four weeks, your DLA payments will stop. The DWP will ask you again to claim PIP and give you another four weeks. If you start your PIP claim before the final deadline, your DLA will be paid again until your PIP claim has been decided.

If you do not start your PIP claim before the final deadline, your DLA claim will be closed.

You can find out more about claiming PIP in our Claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP) guide.

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