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Is your child nearly 16? Read our new guide for parents, Personal Independence Payment and other benefits at 16

Monday 21st November 2016

You have probably heard quite a bit about Personal Independence Payment (PIP), the new benefit for young people and adults aged 16-64 that is gradually replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Now our expert advisers have written a comprehensive guide to the new benefit.

Although PIP looks similar to DLA in some respects, it uses entirely new rules to decide whether you qualify for the benefit, and at what rate. Most people will also be asked to attend a face-to-face meeting with a health professional when they are being assessed for PIP.

Our new guide Personal Independence Payment and other benefits at 16 [PDF] takes you through what should happen if your teenager is being asked to claim PIP, how to claim, and what to do if they're not yet able to manage their own affairs.

We also describe how to complete the PIP questionnaire, what tests are used to decide if someone gets PIP, the scoring system, and explain what the terms on the form mean in plain English.

Other benefits for your child at 16

Getting an award of PIP can mean an increase in other benefits your family may be getting.

When a child turns 16 they can also choose to claim certain benefits in their own right. You may have to weigh up if this leaves you better or worse off as a family. We explain what happens in these circumstances, and:

  • What happens if your child stays on in certain types of education or training.
  • The benefits your child may be able to claim when they leave non-advanced education or training and move into advanced education, training or work, or none of the above.
  • The benefits that can be claimed by a young person aged 16.

DLA will remain as a benefit for children aged under 16.

Call our freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555 for your free print copy of our guide to Personal Independence Payment and other benefits at 16 [PDF]

Related information

You may be interested in these free guides for parents, also available from the helpline: