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Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

What is Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

Disability Living Allowance is a benefit for those who have a disability that means you need help to look after yourself or to move around. It is not affected by your savings or income.

If you are aged over 65 years old, you should apply for Attendance Allowance rather than Disability Living Allowance.


Changes to Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is ending for people who were born after 8th April 1948 and are 16 or over. No new claims for Disability Living Allowance can be made. All new claims must be for Personal Independence Payment.

Anyone born after 8th April 1948 who is over 16 and claiming DLA will be sent a letter by the Department for Work and Pensions inviting them to claim Personal Independence Payment instead. The letter will tell you what to do next and by when.

Your DLA will end if you don’t claim PIP in time. Your DLA will continue if you were born on or before 8 April 1948.

For more information visit Disability Living Allowance on Gov.UK.

Please remember you must apply for Personal Independence Payment. You will not be reassessed automatically.

The care component

The care component has three rates, depending on if you need help:

  • for some of the day;
  • during the day or night; or
  • during both the day and the night.

The care component of Disability Living Allowance is for people who are physically or mentally ill or disabled and need help with care, or supervision from someone else.

The Mobility Component

The mobility component is for people who, for example, can’t walk, or have great difficulty walking or need someone with them when walking outdoors.

How do I apply for Disability Living Allowance?

You are most likely to need to apply for  Personal Independence Payment unless you are under 16 years old.

Contact Disability Benefits Helpline if you have any enquiries about your existing Disability Living Allowance claim.

Where can I get benefits advice?

You can get benefits advice from a local independent service. They can help guide you through the application process and explain how some benefits may impact upon another:

Other Useful Information

  • DLA is changing; know the facts – Factsheet from
  • Money Advice Service provides online information on the full range of benefits that you may be entitled to.  This also includes where to find more help and advice.
  • The Cinemas Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) Card costs £6 and entitles you to a free ticket for a carer accompanying you to the cinema. You can apply if you receive Disability Living Allowance; Attendance Allowance; Personal Independence Payment or Armed Forces Independence Payment or are registered as blind.
  • Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations.

Last updated: April 15, 2021