Thousands of PIP claimants told DWP will end benefit in 'three months' time'

Thousands of PIP claimants need to take action ahead of an upcoming Department for Work and Pensions ( DWP ) change. The DWP is moving people on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) onto Adult Disability Payment (ADP) in a major shake-up.

If you are claiming PIP now, you will not need to put in a claim for the Adult Disability Payment as you will soon be moved over automatically. When it is your turn, you will receive a letter informing you of the date when Social Security Scotland will take over providing payments.

Your Adult Disability Payment will be the same amount as your PIP, unless you've notified DWP of a change in your health condition. You'll be paid on the same day. There will be no gap in your payments during the move from PIP to Adult Disability Payment.

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Your benefit will start moving if either you've reported a relevant change of condition to DWP, your PIP award is due to be reviewed or your PIP award is not scheduled to be reviewed and is due to end. If none of the above apply, DWP will select those furthest from their PIP review date to have their benefit moved first.

You’ll get a letter from DWP to tell you when they’ve started the process of moving your benefit. Shortly after, you’ll get a letter from Social Security Scotland to tell you your Adult Disability Payment award start date and what happens during and after the move and who to contact when, if you need to.

Once DWP and Social Security Scotland start to move your benefit, the process will take around 3 to 4 months (13 to 17 weeks) to complete. Your move will happen faster, around 1 to 2 months (4 to 8 weeks), if you’ve reported a relevant change in your condition to DWP.