Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

This information is designed specifically to help beneficiaries of the Trust with their PIP applications. Getting the application form right – i.e. providing enough good information about your condition, and them confirming that information at the assessment is absolutely essential to a successful application for PIP.

There is a wealth of good quality general information available about PIP, particularly the Disability Rights Guide to claiming PIP. The information contained in this PIP Pack however focuses on the experience of Thalidomide affected people and their individual needs.

What is PIP

PIP stands for Personal Independence Payment and it is the name of the new benefit that has been introduced to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

Basic Information on how PIP works, eligibility and payment levels can be found here

The PIP Process

If you are already receiving a fixed or indefinite award of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), you do not need to apply for PIP. You will be contacted by the DWP and invited to make a new claim for PIP.

If you have never applied for or been awarded DLA, but feel that you may now be eligible, you will have to make a new claim for PIP by telephoning the DWP and you will then follow the process from stage 2.

Stage 1 – Notification by the DWP that you are being moved to PIP
Stage 2 – Completing the form entitled: ‘How your disability affects you’
Stage 3 – The Assessment
Stage 4 – Notification of the Decision
Stage 5 – Mandatory Reconsideration
Stage 6 – Appeal

You can also download the whole pack here.


What happens to my Motability Vehicle if I am unsuccessful with PIP?

Other useful websites for clear information about benefits is available from and

Help is also available from the Health and Wellbeing team and our knowledgeable volunteers.

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