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Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance is a benefit for disabled people that’s being replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP). We explain the current rates and the transition to PIP.
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What is Disability Living Allowance? Coronavirus and disability benefits DLA rates
Moving from DLA to PIP What happens to benefits if you move into a care home?

What is Disability Living Allowance?

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a monthly, tax-free benefit for disabled people who have care needs or mobility needs. It’s being replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for those over the age of 16.

If you’re looking to make a new claim to help with disability needs, you’ll need to apply for PIP – see our pages on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and the PIP assessment guide for more advice.

You may also be eligible for Attendance Allowance, a payment available to people over state pension age who need extra help due to an illness or disability, although you can’t get Attendance Allowance if you already get PIP or DLA.

Coronavirus and disability benefits

Face-to-face assessments for sickness and disability benefits claims were suspended in March 2020 due to the pandemic. This included Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance and Universal Credit. Some reviews and reassessments for PIP and DLA were due to resume gradually from July 2020.

All benefits remain open and assessments will take place by telephone or on paper, where appropriate.

Contact the relevant Department for Work and Pensions helpline for more information or to make a new claim.

DLA rates

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is split into two different payments, one based on your care needs and the other on your mobility needs. There are different rates for each component.

The weekly DLA rates for 2020-21 are:

Care component

High-rate DLA:

£89.15

 

Middle-rate DLA:

£59.70

 

Low-rate DLA:

£23.60

Mobility component

High-rate DLA:

£62.25

 

Low-rate DLA:

£23.60

Moving from DLA to PIP

If you’re already claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA), and were over 65 on 8 April 2013 (in England, Wales and Scotland) or over 65 on 20 June 2016 (in Northern Ireland), you’ll continue to receive it. Otherwise, your disability allowance will be moved across to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) using the PIP migration process.

You’ll continue to get DLA until the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or the Department for Communities (DfC) in Northern Ireland writes to tell you when it will end. This will happen 20 weeks before your DLA ends.

You’ll have to apply for PIP – be aware that if you miss the deadline, your pay will be suspended. You’ll then need to claim for PIP within four weeks of the suspension to avoid your DLA being stopped altogether.

If you have any problems with your claims, Citizens Advice can help you.

Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice Consumer Service helps you stand up for your consumer rights and gives you the information you need to solve problems with goods or services. For Scotland and Northern Ireland, click through from the CA home page.

citizensadvice.org.uk

Consumer helpline:

0345 404 0506

Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm

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What happens to benefits if you move into a care home?

Your entitlement to Disability Living Allowance may be affected if you move into a care home.

Further reading

Attendance Allowance

Read about Attendance Allowance and the payment rates, plus tips on applying and completing the form.

Benefits for older people

Read about the benefits available in later life: Attendance Allowance, PIP, Winter Fuel Payment and more.

Last updated: 02 Nov 2020