Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax-free benefit for disabled children and adults, to help with extra costs you may have because you’re disabled.

Who can get Disability Living Allowance?

You may get Disability Living Allowance 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 can get Disability Living Allowance whether or not you work.
    It isn’t usually affected by any savings or income you may have.
    (If you’re aged 65 or over, you may be able to get Attendance Allowance)

    Changes to Disability Living Allowance

    From 2013 a new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will replace Disability Living Allowance for disabled people aged 16 to 64. I will endeavour to look into the PIP as soon as possible and put a section about it on this website. I am aware that there are plans to include a medical similar to the Work Capability Assessment for Employment & Support Allowance however I am not able to confirm that this is actually going to happen, or when it is going to happen. If you are concerned click here to view information on the PIP on the Directgov website.


    Disability Living Allowance is in two parts – the care component and the mobility component. You may be able to get just one component or both.

    Care component
    Highest rate £77.45
    Middle rate £51.85
    Lowest rate £20.55

    Mobility component
    Higher rate £54.05
    Lower rate £20.55

    How to claim

    You can claim for DLA online here or you can telephone the benefit enquiry line on 0800 88 22 00 and get them to send you an application pack. They can arrange for someone to help you with the form over the telephone (They may have to call you back if there is no-one available). As with ESA you can download a form to fill in on your computer here (if your an adult) or download a form on your computer that you will need to print, fill in and post here (if you’re an adult)

    Please Note: These forms can change on a regular basis so if you are actually filling one in click here to be taken to the Directgov website, as we only know new forms have been brought out if someone tells us, so our links could be wrong unless we have been informed.

    As with most benefits you should not delay putting a claim in, if you think you are eligible, as in practice it is very difficult to get these things backdated.

    Effect on other benefits and entitlements

    If your claim for Disability Living Allowance is successful, you may get extra money paid with your:

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit

  • If you have a Carer

    If someone is paid Carer’s Allowance for providing care to you, you may not be able to receive an extra amount for severe disability in any of these benefits or credits.

    This information plus advice about Carer’s Allowance can be found in leaflets which can be downloaded here (for adults) and you can print them out and give one to your carer, if you have one.

    An Appeal

    You have one month after getting a decision to ask for it to be explained, reconsidered, or to appeal. You have one month after getting a reconsidered decision to start an appeal.
    A late appeal may be accepted if you have special circumstances that prevented you appealing in time. You cannot appeal if more than 13 months have passed.

    You should be sent a leaflet explaining how to appeal, whenever you receive a decision letter. In the leaflet is a form you can fill, to ask for your case to be reconsidered, or if it already has then you can request an appeal. If you do not have this leaflet click here for an online copy you can print.

    In practice you may be able to appeal in writing but always be clear that your letter is an appeal request, as I have known letters to be ignored because they simply did not contain the word “appeal”


    Disability Living Allowance on the Directgov website
    Disability Rights UK Factsheet – Disability living allowance (DLA)