Personal Independence Payment is for people with a long-term health condition or disability. It is replacing Disability Living Allowance – if you are claiming DLA you will be contacted within the next few years about switching to PIP.
PIP is intended to help you with the extra costs of living with your condition but you can spend the money however you like.
After you make a claim you will be sent a ‘How your disability affects you’ form. These forms are long and complicated so please make an appointment with us for help filling it in.
Universal Credit with elements for illness
You might also be able to claim Universal Credit with elements for illness or disability (which replaced Employment and Support Allowance) if you're getting DLA or PIP.
You must also be assessed as having a limited capability for a work-related activity - it can be difficult for students to get this assessment but there is a workaround so if you're having trouble please come and see us.
Alternatively, some students can also claim new style Employment and Support Allowance if they have enough National Insurance contributions from previous work.