Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit for adults and children with disabilities. It is for people who need help looking after themselves and those who find it difficult to walk or get around. DLA is tax free, not means tested and there is no need to have paid any national insurance contributions. It is paid on top of any other benefits the individual may be in receipt off and a qualifying period (minimum 3 months) applies. There are two components of DLA. The individual may qualify for either or both: Care component – for help with personal care needs paid at three different levels Mobility component – for help with walking difficulties paid at two levels.

There is no lower age limit for DLA care component, but a successful claim needs to be made before the individual’s 65th birthday.

Special rules for terminally ill – special rules cover people who suffer from a progressive disease that is so severe that they are not expected to live longer than 6 months. It is important that the individual or carer sends a doctors DS1500 Report with the claim. DLA under special rules means the individual gets the highest rate each week for help with personal care and claims are dealt with more quickly.