Changes to DLA

From 8 April 2023 the Government is introducing a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

PIP will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64.

What the change means

DLA will end for everyone of working age even if they have an indefinite period award. By working age we mean everyone who is aged 16 to 64 on the day Personal Independence Payment is introduced.

There are no current plans to replace DLA for:

  • children under 16, and
  • people aged 65 and over who are already receiving Disability Living Allowance.

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How will PIP be assessed?

PIP is based on an assessment of individual need. The new assessment will focus on an individual’s ability to carry out a range of key activities necessary to everyday life.

Information will be gathered from the individual, as well as healthcare and other professionals who work with and support them. Most people will also be asked to a face to face consultation with a trained independent assessor as part of the claim process.

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When will PIP be introduced?

New claims

  • April 2023 – Personal Independence Payment will be introduced for new claims in Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East England. During this period new claimants in all other parts of the country will continue to claim Disability Living Allowance as now.
  • June 2023 – new claims for Personal Independence Payment will be taken from all parts of the country.

Existing claimants

There is no automatic transfer from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment. Between October 2023 and March 2016 we will write to claimants already getting DLA to invite them to make a claim for Personal Independence Payment. They will be individually assessed against the new entitlement criteria.

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What can you do?

If you are affected by the DLA changes you should:

  • respond quickly to any letters you get from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • attend medical assessments if you are asked
  • contact the DWP immediately if your payments stop

keep all you medical evidence.

We can help you

For information or advice about changes to benefits contact our Welfare Reform team:

Call: 020 7926 3895 or 020 7926 1939


In person: Central Income Team, The Springfield Centre, Second floor, 110 Union Road, SW8 2SH