Benefits for under-65s

You can get a range of benefits if you're between 16 and 64 and you have an illness or disability. The extra money can help with the cost of your care. Check what benefits you can get and how to get them.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

What it is

PIP is for people between 16 and 64 who need help at home because of an illness or disability. It has replaced the old Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

You get:

  • £57.30 per week (standard payment)
  • £85.60 per week if you're more seriously ill (enhanced payment)

If you have difficulty walking and getting around, you could also get:

  • an extra £22.65 per week (standard mobility payment)
  • an extra £59.75 per week (enhanced mobility payment)

You can get it if

You're aged 16 to 64 and have a long-term illness or disability. You can claim PIP no matter how much you earn or have in savings.

Disability Premium

What it is

Disability Premium is an extra amount added to some benefits. You can get:

  • at least £33.55 a week if you're single
  • at least £47.80 a week if you're a couple

You can get it if

You're under pension age and you are registered blind or you get PIP or Disability Living Allowance.

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

What it is

A payment of up to £174.80 a week.

You can get it if

You're disabled because of an accident at work, or you have an illness that was caused by work.

You can't get it if

You were self-employed.

Employment and Support Allowance

What it is

  • up to £73.10 a week if you're assessed as able to work in future
  • up to £110.75 a week if you're assessed as unable to work again

You can get it if

A disability or illness makes it hard for you to work and you have savings of less than £16,000.

You can't get it if

You're getting Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support or Universal Credit.

Reduced Earnings Allowance

What it is

A payment of up to £67.88 a week.

You can get it if

You can work but you can't earn as much as you used to because of an accident or illness caused by work.

You can't get it if

The accident or illness happened after October 1 1990.

Other benefits for under-65s

If you get PIP and you work, you might also be able to get the disability element of Working Tax Credit (up to £4,420 a year, depending on how severe your disability is). Call the tax credits helpline on 0345 300 3900 to find out.

You may also be entitled to:

Check what benefits you can get

Do you have a carer?

If you get PIP or another disability related benefit and you have a carer, they may be entitled to Carer's Allowance.

Get help and advice

Get an expert benefits advice plus help filling in claim forms, from:

How to challenge a benefit decision

You can challenge a benefit decision if:

  • your benefit payment is stopped
  • your claim for a benefit is refused

Find out how to challenge a benefit decision

Page last reviewed: 31/07/2018
Next review due: 31/07/2021