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What is Disability Living Allowance?

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit that helps with the extra costs you may face if you're disabled.

DLA has been replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for all new claimants. Apply for PIP if you're under 65 and need help looking after yourself or have difficulty walking.

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

What if I already claim Disability Living Allowance?

Between now and 2018, the Department for Work and Pensions intends to phase out DLA and reassess claimants for PIP. You will be reassessed if you were under 65 on 8 April 2013.

If you were born on or before 8 April 1948 you can continue to receive DLA as long as you still have care or mobility needs.

Further information


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