Personal Independence Payment (formerly Disability Living Allowance)From June 2013 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 with a health condition or disability. This non-means tested benefit is to help the person you care for get around or buy assistance with personal care. It is non-taxable and does not affect any other allowances received. This benefit is not based on your condition but on how your condition affects you. Under PIP there has been a change in eligibility, meaning that those unable to walk more than 20m will qualify, rather than the previous distance of 50m. You may need an assessment to work out the level of help you get, but your needs will be regularly reassessed to make sure you are getting the right support.
For more information visit www.gov.uk
You can get more information from:Click here for the Carers UK website
www.ageuk.org.uk/publications whose information section contains a useful factsheet about Disability Living Allowance
www.cafamily.org.uk - Contact A Family has a factsheet about claiming Disability Living Allowance for children
http://specialneedsjungle.wordpress.com - information for parents of children with ASD on claiming Disability Living Allowance
www.gov.uk - gov.uk has a section on the Disability Living Allowance
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