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Adult Social Care Glossary, v 0.41

Personal independence payment


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Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster

A regular benefit payment to help you with some of the extra costs caused by long-term illness or disability if you are over 16 and under 65. (PIP has replaced Disability Living Allowance, or DLA, for adults, although children under the age of 16 still receive DLA.) How much you get depends on how your condition affects you and how much help you need, not on the condition itself. You will be assessed on how well you can manage your activities of daily living and on how easily you can get around. It is dependent solely on your needs, not on your income or savings, and can be paid whether or not you are in work and alongside other benefits.

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