Disability Living Allowance

The Disability Living Allowance is a benefit available to people with disabilities.

Qualification for the allowance is dependent on the claimant's ability to demonsrate their condition means they have care or mobility needs.

Means tests are not relevant for the Disability Living Allowance and it is not just for the unemployed.

It is not available to people over the age of 65. People who are over 65 and have care needs because of a disability or health condition should consider applying for Attendance Allowance.

You can continue to receive Disability Living Allowance after the age of 65 if you have made a successful claim prior to your 65th birthday.

Disability Living Allowance is made up of two parts, care and mobility.

The care component is paid at three rates: lower, middle and higher.

Depending on the nature of your disability, the mobility component is paid at two rates.

The weekly rates for both the mobility and care components of Disability Living Allowance are available on this site.

You do not need to have paid National Insurance in order to claim Disability Allowance.

In some cases the Department of Work and Pensions may ask you atten a medical examination so that they can assess your situation first-hand.

Disability Living Allowance may be awared even if you are not receiving assistance with your care needs or mobility problems.

You can spend the allowance in any way you see fit.

Please note that payment of the Disability Living Allowance could be stopped if you are in hospital or a care home.

Click for a guide to applying for the allowance.

If you are terminally ill, the you qualify for the Disability Living Allowance if your death can be "reasonably expected" within the six months.