Disability Living Allowance

You may still be getting Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as an adult if you claimed this benefit before: 

  • June 2013 in England, Scotland and Wales
  • June 2016 in Northern Ireland. 

DLA was for people aged under 65 who had problems walking, moving around outdoors safely, or looking after themselves.

If you are making a new claim and are aged between 16 and 64, you now need to apply for Personal Independence Payment instead. You can still begin a new claim for DLA if you are claiming for a child under the age of 16 (see ‘How to claim’ below).

If you are still claiming DLA, you will be asked to transfer to PIP: 

  • between now and the end of 2017 if you live in England, Scotland or Wales 
  • by the end of 2018 if you live in Northern Ireland. 

You may be asked to transfer from DLA to PIP earlier if you:

  • reach the end of an award
  • report a change in how your disability or condition affects you
  • are getting DLA for a child who reaches the age of 16.

If you are aged 65 or over and are still receiving DLA from a claim you made in the past, you won’t be asked to transfer to PIP.

For the most up-to-date information, contact a welfare rights adviser.

How to claim

In England, Scotland and Wales:

To claim DLA for a child under the age of 16, call 0345 712 3456 to order a claim form. You can also find out more at gov.uk/disability-living-allowance-children

In Northern Ireland:

To claim DLA for a child under the age of 16, call 0300 123 3356 to order a claim form. You can also find out more at NiDirect.gov.uk.

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Attendance Allowance

You may be eligible for Attendance Allowance if you are aged 65 or over and have difficulty looking after yourself.

Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment has replaced Disability Living Allowance in England, Scotland and Wales for people aged 16–64 with a long-term disability.