Northern Ireland PIP Handbook

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit designed to help people with long-term health conditions or disabilities live more independently by supporting those in greatest need.


PIP will help towards some of the extra costs that come from having a long-term health condition or disability. This means ill-health or a disability that is expected to last 12 months or longer. Where a person is eligible for PIP they can choose to spend it in a way that suits them best.

Entitlement to PIP will be based on the effect a long-term health condition or disability has on a person’s daily life. PIP will be made up of two parts (components), a Daily Living component and a Mobility component. Each component will have two rates, standard and enhanced.

Like DLA, PIP is not affected by income or savings, is not taxable, and a person can get it whether they are in work or not.


We have made every effort to make sure the information in this handbook is correct. However, changes in the law may make it become gradually less accurate.

This booklet is a guide only and does not cover every circumstance. All information is correct at time of print. It should not be treated as being a current and comprehensive statement of the law. The most up- to-date information can be found on

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