1. Overview

New claims

You can only make a new claim for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) if you’re claiming for a child under 16 - this is known as DLA for children.

Anyone over 16 must apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead of DLA.

Existing claims

PIP is gradually replacing DLA for people aged 16 to 64, even for those with an indefinite or lifetime DLA award.

Your DLA probably won’t be affected until 2015 or later but there are exceptions.

Use the PIP checker to find out if and when you’re affected by PIP.

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