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Disability living allowance

Disability Living Allowance
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit for people who need help with:

  • mobility or
  • personal care or
  • both.

You must be under 65 when you first make your claim. Once awarded, DLA can continue to be paid after you reach the age of 65.

In order to get DLA you must:

  • be a UK resident and
  • have lived here for not less than 26 weeks in the 52 weeks before you claim.

Entitlement may also be affected if you are in residential care or certain other types of special accommodation. For further information contact The Benefit Enquiry Line for People with disabilities: 0800 882 2000

DLA is tax-free and can be paid irrespective of:

  • income,
  • wages, or
  • savings.

DLA consists of a care component and a mobility component.
There are three rates of payment for care:

  • Highest rate
  • Middle rate
  • Lowest rate

There are two rates of payment for mobility:

  • Higher rate
  • Lower rate

Department for Work and Pensions Guide to DLA (External link)