Will Universal Credit affect PIP? What does the new system mean for people ...

Universal Credit is a payment which a person may be able to claim in order to help with their living costs, if they are on low income or are out of work. The system is replacing six types of legacy benefits. These are: Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and Working Tax Credit. What will the Universal Credit roll out mean for people who cannot work due to sickness or disability?

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Some people may wonder whether Universal Credit will affect the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

PIP can help a person with some of the extra costs if they have long term ill-health or disability.

The Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being replaced by PIP for disabled people.

The Money Advice Service explains how Universal Credit affects PIP and DLA.

It states that those who get PIP or DLA will continue to get the payment, along with a Universal Credit payment.

“You get these benefits if your condition is severe enough for you to qualify for them,” the website states.

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Stopping unnecessary PIP reviews for people over State Pension age is a positive change.

Amber Rudd, Work and Pensions Secretary

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