What is Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?
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.
You may also be eligible for Attendance Allowance, a payment available to people over 65 who need extra help due to an illness or disability, although you can’t get Attendance Allowance if you already get PIP or DLA.
What are the current DLA rates?
DLA is split into two different payments, one based on your care needs and the other based on your mobility needs. There are different rates for each component. The weekly DLA rates for 2020-21 are:
Moving from DLA to PIP
If you’re already claiming 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 PIP using the PIP migration process.
You’ll continue to get DLA until the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) or the Department for Communities (DfC) in Northern Ireland writes to tell you when it will end, and to invite you to apply for PIP. 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.
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.
Personal Independence Payment can help with some of the costs associated with long-term illness or disability.
Read about Attendance Allowance and the payment rates, plus tips on applying and completing the form.
Read about the benefits available in later life: Attendance Allowance, PIP, Winter Fuel Payment and more.