What is Disability Living Allowance for adults?

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults was a benefit for people aged under 65 who had problems walking, moving around outdoors safely, or looking after themselves. It is not the same as Disability Living Allowance for children.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults has now been replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP). If you are making a new claim and are aged between 16 and 64, you need to apply for PIP instead.

If you live in England, Scotland or Wales

If you live in England, Scotland or Wales and claimed before June 2013, you may still be getting Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults.

Eventually, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will write to you to tell you when your DLA will end. They will invite you to apply for PIP. You must apply within 28 days from the date on the letter.

If you have got a fixed period DLA award, you should get a letter inviting you to apply for PIP 28 days before your DLA is due to end. If you have not, you should contact the Disability Service Centre. Call 0800 121 4600 or use textphone 0800 121 4523.

If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, were born on or before 8 April 1948 and are still getting DLA, you will not be asked to move to PIP.

If you are getting DLA and you tell the DWP that you have had a change in your circumstances, you will have to apply for PIP. PIP will replace your DLA even if it is awarded at a lower amount.

If you live in Northern Ireland

If you live in Northern Ireland, you may still be getting DLA if you claimed it before June 2016.

If you are already getting DLA in Northern Ireland and are aged between 16 and State Pension age, the Department for Communities (DfC) will write to you to tell you when your DLA will end. You will then need to apply for PIP.

If you have got a fixed period DLA award, you should get a letter inviting you to apply for PIP 28 days before your DLA is due to end. If you have not, you should contact the Disability and Carers Service. Call 0800 587 0912 or use textphone 028 9031 1092 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

If you move from DLA to PIP but then get less money, you may be entitled to extra payments to make up some of the difference. You can find out more about this at nidirect.gov.uk

If you live in Northern Ireland and were born before 20 June 1951, you will not be asked to move to PIP.

If you are already getting DLA and are over State Pension age with a lifetime award, your DLA will continue and you will not be reassessed for PIP.

If you are over State Pension age and have not received DLA or PIP in the past year, you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance instead.

We have more information about other benefits and financial support available.

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