Timetable for introduction of PIP
The transfer of claimants from DLA to PIP is expected to take five years, ending in March 2018, with DLA claimants with indefinite awards being the last to be assessed. The DWP have published a timetable for the transfer, which we have set out below.
From April 2013
The new timetable began with a pilot from 8th April 2013 for new claims for PIP in the North West and part of the North East of England.
From June 2013, all new claims from anyone aged 16-64 will be for PIP instead of DLA throughout the whole of Great Britain.
The only exceptions will be renewal claims from a fixed-term DLA award which is due to expire before the end of February 2014. In these cases the renewal claim will still be for DLA rather than PIP.
From 7th October 2013 the following DLA recipients will begin to have to claim PIP:
• Children turning 16 will have to claim PIP when their existing fixed-term award is coming to an end.
• People reporting changes of circumstances which might affect their rate of payment, such as an improvement or deterioration in their condition, but not issues like going into a care home or hospital or changing address.
• People with a fixed-term DLA award which expires from the end of February 2014.
Anyone who chooses to make an application for PIP, including people who have a fixed-term or indefinite award of DLA, can make a claim from this date. However, you cannot make a claim for PIP if you are in the course of making a claim for DLA and no decision has yet been made on your claim.
From October 2015, all other working age DLA recipients will have to make a claim for PIP. Claimants will be selected randomly rather than by area or age, although the DWP say that they will “invite claims as early as possible from recipients who have turned 65 after 8 April 2013, when PIP was first introduced.”
The DWP does not now expect to complete the reassessment of all existing working age DLA claimants for PIP until March 2018.