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Disability Living Allowance

Find out about Disability Living Allowance, including the eligibility criteria, allowances and the application process.

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What is Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

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DLA, short for Disability Living Allowance , is the name of a benefit that some people with a disability or health condition get. 

The money is to pay for extra help to do things and to get around.

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Some people who used to get DLA now get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead.

Disability Living Allowance has 2 parts:

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1. Care payments

This money is for some of the extra help people need. 

They might need extra help with things like eating, keeping clean, getting dressed, making decisions and making friends.

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2. Mobility payments

This money is to help people who cannot walk, find it difficult to move about, or need extra help to move about.

Can I get Disability Living Allowance?

In England and Wales you can usually get DLA for children - if you look after a child who:

  • is under 16
  • has a health condition or disability
  • has needed extra help or found it difficult to move around for at least three months and you think their difficulties will last for at least another six months. 

Some adults also get DLA although new DLA claims for people aged 16 or over are no longer supported. They should look at claiming Personal Independence Payments (PIP) or Attendance Allowance instead.

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How much is Disability Living Allowance?

From April 2024 - March 2025, the weekly payments are:

Care payment:

  • Lowest: £28.70

  • Middle: £72.65

  • Highest: £108.55

Mobility payment:

  • Lower: £28.70 (children must be 5 years old or over)

  • Higher: £75.75 (children must be 3 years old or over)

What information is needed to get Disability Living Allowance?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will ask for information about:

  • the child's health condition or disability
  • how much extra help the child needs
  • if the child can walk or move about

It will help if you can send evidence about how the child's health condition or disability affects them. This  might include copies of:

  • a list of the medication the child takes
  • letters or assessment reports about the child's health condition or disability
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More information and Easy Reads about Disability Living Allowance

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What is DLA?

An Easy Read to explain Disability Living Allowance and who can get it.

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How to apply for DLA

 A straightforward step-by-step digital guide to take you through the application process.

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How to apply for DLA

An Easy Read page to explain what you need to do to apply for Disability Living Allowance.

It's easy to apply for Disability Living Allowance

To find out how to apply for Disability Living Allowance (DLA), we have created a straightforward step-by-step digital guide to take you through the application process.

How to apply for DLA

Frequently asked questions about Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

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The information on this page is for guidance only. Mencap hold no responsibility for DWP processes, timescales, decisions and service .

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