Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults

1. Overview

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax-free benefit for disabled people who need help with mobility or care costs.

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

You can claim DLA if you are under 16.

You can reclaim DLA if you’ve claimed it in the last 12 months and you were born on or before 8 April 1948. You’ll receive a reclaim form in the post before your current claim ends.

If you’re not eligible

If you’re aged 16 to 64 and not currently getting DLA, you may be able to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead.

If you’re aged 65 or older and haven’t received DLA or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in the last year, you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance instead.

If you were born after 8 April 1948 and you’re already claiming, you’ll continue to get DLA until the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) writes to tell you when your DLA will end and invites you to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Unless your circumstances change, you don’t need to do anything until you hear from DWP about your DLA.