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Disability Living Allowance

What is Disability Living Allowance?

Disability Living Allowance is money for people who have extra care needs or mobility needs (difficulty getting around) as a result of a disability. There are two parts called components, the care component and the mobility component, you may qualify for one or both of these.

Applies to: Northern Ireland

You can no longer make a new claim for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in England, Scotland or Wales as it has been replaced by Personal Independence Payment.

If you already receive DLA and were aged between 16 and 64 on 8 April 2013, you will eventually have to make a claim for Personal Independence Payment instead, even if you have been given an indefinite or lifetime award of DLA. See our Personal Independence Payment information guide for more details.

If you live in Northern Ireland PIP is expected to be introduced during the 2015/2016 financial year.

Age rules: You must be 16 or over but under 65 when you first claim.

If you have a child with an illness, injury or disability, see Disability Living Allowance - children.

If you are 65 or over see Attendance Allowance

Type of benefit: Non means tested

Taxable: No

Administered by: Disability and Carers Service