What is Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) 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.
You can no longer make a new claim for DLA if you are 16 or over. You may be able to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead. If you have a child with an illness, injury or disability, see our Disability Living Allowance - children guide.
If you already get DLA, you will be transferred onto Personal Independence Payment (PIP), even if you have been given an indefinite or lifetime award of DLA, unless:
- You are in England, Scotland or Wales and you were born before 8 April 1949; or
- You are in Northern Ireland and you were born before 20 June 1951.
If you do not already get DLA and you are 65 or over, you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance instead.
Applies to: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Age rules: You must be 16 or over but under 65 when you first claim.
Type of benefit: Non means tested
Administered by: Disability and Carers Service, Department for Work and Pensions