Disability Living Allowance

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If you need help with personal care or have difficulty walking, you may be able to get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) but you must make a claim before you are 65.

DLA is not means-tested so you can claim it regardless of whatever income and savings you have. There are two components to DLA. You can claim one component or both, depending on your disability.

Care component

To claim, you must have difficulty with things like washing, dressing and eating, or need someone to keep an eye on you to make sure you are safe. It doesn’t matter if you are actually getting the help you need or not. There are three weekly rates:

  • £79.15 if you need help both day and night
  • £53.00 if you need help in the day or at night
  • £21.00 if you need help for part of the day or to cook a main meal for yourself.

Mobility component

To claim, you must have difficulty walking outdoors. There are two weekly rates:

  • £55.25 or
  • £20.55 depending on your level of difficulty.

Can I claim Disability Living Allowance?

  • You must be under 65 when you first make a claim.
  • You must have a physical or mental disability, or be terminally ill.
  • You must need help with personal care or supervision (care part).
  • You must be unable to walk or have great difficulty walking
    (mobility part).
  • You must have needed help for three months before you can receive DLA. However, if you are terminally ill you can claim straight away.

You can use our online benefits calculator to find out if you might be eligible for DLA.

If you are aged 65 or over, you may be able to get Attendance Allowance.

How do I claim Disability Living Allowance?

You can apply for Disability Living Allowance:

  • at your Social Security/Jobs and Benefits office
  • by filling in a Disability Living Allowance form and returning the form to your Jobs and Benefits Office

Download an application form:

DLA 1A Adult claim form (PDF 678 KB)
DLA 1A Adult notes (PDF 589 KB)
DLA flyer (PDF 540 KB)

You can also ask the Benefit Enquiry Line to send you an application form via 0800 220 674.

Find your local Social Security / Jobs and Benefits office (NI Direct

Free benefit check

If you, or an older person you know needs advice, information or practical support on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health, contact the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575 to speak to a specialist advisor in confidence. Our advisors can provide a free benefit check to ensure that older people are accessing the benefits they are entitled to.

Every year our Advice Service deals with thousands of calls from older people in need. Call the Age NI Advice Service today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.


Age NI Advice Line:
0808 808 7575

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