Disability Living Allowance

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As of 10 June 2013, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has changed. If you need help with personal care or have difficulty walking and you’re under 65, you may no longer make a new claim for DLA. Instead your must apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

What if I already claim Disability Living Allowance?

If you already receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should have sent you a letter telling you more about PIP and when you're likely to be affected.

In most cases, your DLA won't be affected until 2015 or later. The exceptions to this are:

  • Your care/mobility needs change
  • You reach the end of your current DLA award
  • You're no longer eligible for DLA

Find out more about Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

What if I'm over 65?

If you’re over 65 and have care needs, you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance.

Getting DLA doesn’t depend on National Insurance contributions. It’s not means-tested so it won’t affect your income or savings. It doesn’t matter whether you’re actually getting help or not – the important thing is that you need it.

DLA is divided into two components. You can claim one or both depending on your disability.

Care component of Disability Living Allowance

You may be entitled to this payment if you need help with tasks such as getting washed or dressed or cooking yourself a meal, or need someone to keep an eye on you to keep you safe. There are three weekly rates:

• £79.15 if you need help in the day and night

• £53 if you need help in the day or night

• £21 if you need help for only some of the day or with cooking yourself a meal.  

Mobility component of Disability Living Allowance

You may be entitled to this payment if you have difficulty walking outdoors or need help getting around. It’s paid at two weekly rates:

• £55.25 if, for example, you’re only able to walk a short way before feeling out of breath, dizzy or unsteady, or if you’re not able to walk at all outdoors. You’ll also qualify if you’re severely sight-impaired

• £21 if you need help walking outdoors in places you don’t know because of a physical or mental disability such as deafness or dementia. 

How do I claim? 

You can download a form or apply online for DLA on the GOV.UK website or get a claim form by calling the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 88 22 00 (textphone: 0800 24 33 55). Contact your local Age UK, Citizens Advice Bureau or advice agency if you need help with the claim form.

If you’re already getting DLA when you reach 65, you can continue to get it as long as you still have care or mobility needs.

Personal Independent Payment (PIP) is the new benefit for adults with a disability that will eventually replace DLA. PIP was introduced for new claimants from June 2013.

If you're currently claiming DLA and you're of working age, you'll be contacted at some point between October 2013 and 2018 and invited to apply for PIP.

Use our online benefits calculator to find out if you might be eligible for these benefits. For more information download our free guides and factsheets:

opens link in new window Claiming benefits: a guide for people of working age (PDF 1MB)

opens link in new window Disability Living Allowance (PDF 231)

opens link in new window Disability equipment and how to get it (PDF 248 KB).

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Attendance Allowance

If you’re over 65 and need help looking after yourself because you have a disability or illness, you may be able to get Attendance Allowance

Useful information to download

  • A guide with information about claiming benefits if you're over 60.
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