Disability Living Allowance

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Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit that has been replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for all new claimants. If you need help with personal care or have difficulty walking and you're under 65, you must apply for PIP.

What if I'm over 65?

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

What if I already claim DLA?

If you already receive DLA, and you're of working age, you'll be contacted at some point before 2018 and invited to apply for PIP.

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

  • your care or mobility needs change
  • you reach the end of your current DLA award
  • you're no longer eligible for DLA.

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.

What will I get?

The weekly payments for DLA from April 2015are:

Care component
  • £82.30 if you need help in the day and night
  • £55.10 if you need help in the day or night
  • £21.80 if you need help for only some of the day or with cooking yourself a meal.
Mobility component
  • £57.45 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
  • £21.80 if you need help walking outdoors in places you don’t know because of a physical or mental disability such as deafness or dementia.

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

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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

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