The information in this section is a guide only. The office dealing with your claim can answer any questions you may have about claiming and receiving Disability Living Allowance.
You may get Disability Living Allowance if:
If you are aged 65 or over, you may be able to get Attendance Allowance.
You can get Disability Living Allowance whether or not you work.
It isn’t usually affected by any savings or income you may have.
If you have a progressive disease and you are not expected to live for more than another six months there are special rules for claiming to make sure you get your benefit more quickly and easily.
You will not usually need a medical examination when you claim for Disability Living Allowance. If you are asked to have one you can find out more from the link below.
Disability Living Allowance has two parts called ‘components’:
Some people will be entitled to receive just one component; others may get both.
The care component and mobility component are paid at different rates depending on how your disability affects you.
Disability Living Allowance is normally paid directly into any account of your choice which accepts Direct Payment of benefits. This might be a bank, building society or other account provider.
You may be able to get someone else to collect your Disability Living Allowance if you wish. For help with this please contact your bank, building society or other account provider.
If you would like more information about how you can be paid by other means please contact the office dealing with your claim – details are in the ‘Rates and how to claim’ section.
If you start to get Disability Living Allowance it might increase the amount of other benefits or credits you’re entitled to, such as Income Support, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
Disability Living Allowance is normally ignored as income for working out these income-related benefits and credits.
Claim straight away - if you delay you may lose benefit.
You can claim online or you can get a claim pack by:
To get Disability Living Allowance you must be in Great Britain, or be treated as living here, and meet certain other conditions about your residence and presence.
Also, changes to your circumstances can affect the amount of Disability Living Allowance you get or whether you get it. For example, this could be a stay in hospital or if your disability gets worse or better.