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Personal Independence Payment introduced in Northern Ireland

20 June 2016

What if I want to make a new claim?

From 20 June 2016 in Northern Ireland PIP is replacing DLA for people who are between the ages of 16 and 64 and who are making a new claim. Click here to read our information page about Personal Independence Payment (PIP).


What if I am currently claiming DLA?

If you are aged 16 to 64 years and already claiming DLA you will be invited to claim PIP when/if:

  • your benefit is due to come to an end or you report a change in your health condition or disability on or after 20 June 2016
  • your fixed period DLA award expires on or after 7 November 2016
  • you turn 16 years of age on or after 7 November 2016

All remaining DLA claimants aged 16 to 64 years will be randomly selected for assessment and invited to claim PIP. This will happen over a number of years between December 2016 and December 2018.

People who are 65 years or over on 20 June 2016 will continue to receive DLA provided they continue to meet their eligibility criteria.


What if I (or the person I care for) get assessed and do not qualify for PIP, or qualify at a lower rate?

We don't expect current DLA claimants to be invited to apply for PIP until December 2016 at the earliest (see above).

However, if after your assessment you (or the person you care for) do not qualify for PIP, or qualify at a lower rate than you were receiving under DLA, this could affect certain additions known as Disability Premiums. These are included in some other benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance and Income Support. If you affected in this way you will receive a supplementary payment to cover this loss for up to one year. Payments will be made every four weeks in arrears. 

You can also ask to have the decision looked at again. This is called a mandatory reconsideration. If you are unhappy with the outcome of the reconsideration, you can appeal to the Appeals Service Northern Ireland (TAS). It is important to challenge a decision or get advice as quickly as possible because there are time limits that generally mean you must take action within one month. If you fall outside of this time limit then it may still be possible to challenge the decision. For further information contact Carers NI on 028 9043 9843 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If the person I care for doesn't qualify for PIP, could I lose Carer's Allowance or Carer's Premium?

Again, we don't expect current DLA claimants to be invited to apply for PIP until December 2016 at the earliest (see above).

However, if the person you care for is assessed for PIP and does not qualify, or qualifies at a lower rate, you will no longer be entitled to Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Premium. In these circumstances a supplementary payment will be paid for up to one year. Payments will be made every four weeks in arrears.


For further advice 

If want further advice contact Carers NI on 028 9043 9843 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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