4. Your DLA claim

New claims

Only children under 16 can apply for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) - anyone over 16 must apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead.

Existing claims: moving from DLA to PIP

Use the PIP checker to find out if and when your DLA will be affected by PIP.

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


You’ll be invited to claim PIP if either:

  • there’s a change in how your condition affects you
  • your Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is due to end

This applies if you live in:

  • Wales
  • East Midlands
  • West Midlands
  • East Anglia

This also applies if your postcode begins with:

  • DG (Dumfries and Galloway)
  • EH (Edinburgh)
  • TD (Galashiels)
  • ML (Motherwell)
  • CA (Carlisle)
  • DL (Darlington)
  • HG (Harrogate)
  • LA (Lancaster)
  • YO (York)

In these areas changes to your circumstances can also affect when you’ll be invited to claim PIP.

When you apply for PIP

You can apply for PIP when asked (even if you get an indefinite or lifetime DLA award). Your DLA will continue for at least 28 days after the decision is made about your PIP claim.

Your DLA will end if you decide not to apply.

Change of circumstance

You must contact the Disability benefits helpline as soon as your circumstances change, eg your condition improves or you need more help. These changes can affect how much Disability Living Allowance (DLA) you get.

Your DLA won’t usually be affected if you go:

  • into hospital or a care home for less than 4 weeks
  • abroad for less than 13 weeks
  • abroad for less than 26 weeks to get medical treatment for a condition which began before you left

Appeal a decision

You can appeal a decision about your Disability Living Allowance if you’re unhappy with it.

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