Disability Living Allowance
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit for disabled people, but it’s gradually being replaced by Personal Independence Payment.
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. However, it’s gradually being replaced by Personal Independence Payment.
Which disability benefit should I be claiming?
If you haven’t already claimed DLA then you’ll need to find out which benefit you should claim, as there are different ones depending on your age:
I already claim Disability Living Allowance - will I be reassessed?
If you’re already claiming DLA, you may be wondering about what will happen as the benefit is replaced.
It all depends on your age:
- 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.
- If you were born after 8 April 1948, then you will be reassessed for Personal Independence Payment instead.
If you need to move over to Personal Independence Payment, you’ll get a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about this.
How much should I get?
If you’re already on DLA and want to know how much you should be getting, here are the weekly payment rates from April 2018.
|Care component||Weekly rate||How much support you need|
|Highest rate||£85.60||Need help day or night|
|Middle rate||£57.30||Need help day or night|
|Lowest rate||£22.65||Need help only some of the day or with cooking meals|
|Mobility component||Weekly rate||How much support you need|
|Higher rate||£59.75||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|
|Lowest rate||£22.65||You need help walking outdoors in places you don't know because of a physical or mental disability, such as deafness or dementia|
What should I do next?
Apply for Personal Independence
Are you 65 or over?
Apply for Attendance Allowance
If things have changed
If you already claim DLA and your circumstances change, you must contact the Disability Benefits helpline to tell them.
For more information call Age UK on 0800 055 6112
What benefits can you claim?
Do you know what benefits you are entitled to? Find out exactly what you are owed, quickly and easily, using Age UK's benefits calculator.