Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Important! It is no longer possible for claimants aged between 16 and state pension age to make a new claim for DLA. People in this age group should make a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Since the introduction of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has become less significant for many claimants.
There are three situations when it is still relevant.
- Children up to their 16th birthday (18th in Scotland) can still claim DLA. We publish detailed guides to claiming DLA for children in the members area of the site.
- If you were 65 or over on April 8th 2013 i.e. you were born on or before April 8th 1948 and your DLA award expires you can make a renewal claim for DLA. You are not affected by the introduction of PIP. You must make the claim within a year of the expiry of your DLA. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to claim DLA and will have to claim Attendance Allowance instead.
- If you were over 65 on April 8th 2013 and receive DLA you can request a revision or supersession of your award. Unless you can show that you would have satisfied the conditions for the award of an increased rate of DLA before you were 65, you cannot be awarded the mobility component or the lowest rate of care component.
If DLA is still relevant in your case, you can find out more about our guides to: