Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax-free benefit for disabled children and adults to help with extra costs that may arise because of the disability. It is not based on the disability itself but the needs arising from it. For example, if you need someone to help look after you or to access support services. DLA is available whether or not you work and it isn’t usually affected by any savings or income you may have.
You may get DLA if:
- you have a physical or mental disability, or both
- your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself or you have walking difficulties, or both
- you are under 65 when you claim
You could get between £21.55 and £138.05 a week depending on how the condition affects you. You’ll need an assessment to work out the level of help you get and your award will be regularly reassessed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to make sure you’re getting the right support.
The Department of Work and Pensions are gradually replacing DLA with Personal Independent Payment (PIP). You can now only make a new claim for Disability Living Allowance if you’re claiming for a child under 16 – this is known as DLA for children. Even those with an ‘indefinite’ or ‘lifetime’ DLA award will start being reassessed from October 2015. If you were 65 or over on 8 April 2013 you can continue to get DLA if you’re eligible for it. To find out if or when your DLA may be affected please go to the Work and Benefits website and use their PIP Timetable.
How is DLA & PIP paid?
DLA & PIP are normally paid directly into any account of your choice which accepts Direct Payment of benefits. This might be a bank, building society or other account provider. You may be able to get someone else to collect your Disability Living Allowance if you wish. For help with this please contact your bank, building society or other account provider.