4. Your DLA claim

If you’re making a new claim

Check you’re eligible for DLA.

Call the Disability Benefits Centre helpline to make a new claim for DLA.

If you already get DLA

DLA is ending for people who were born after 8 April 1948 and are 16 or over.

Use the PIP checker to find out how your DLA will be affected by Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

You can keep getting DLA if you’re under 16 or you were born on or before 8 April 1948.

Applying for PIP

You’ll get a letter inviting you to apply for PIP. You must apply within 28 days from the date on the letter.

Your DLA will end either:

  • when you decide not to apply
  • at least 28 days after DWP make a decision about your PIP claim

You don’t need to do anything until you get the letter, unless there’s a change in how your illness or disability affects you.

If you have a fixed period DLA award, contact the Disability Benefits Centre helpline if you haven’t got a letter inviting you to apply for PIP 28 days before your DLA is due to end.

Change of circumstances

You must call the Disability Benefits Centre helpline if your circumstances change, as this can affect how much Disability Living Allowance (DLA) you get. For example:

  • the level of help you need or your condition changes
  • you go into hospital or a care home for more than 4 weeks
  • you go abroad for more than 13 weeks
  • you’re imprisoned or held in detention

You must also contact the helpline if:

  • you change your name, address or bank details
  • you want to stop receiving your benefit
  • your doctor’s details change

You could get a £50 fine and have to repay overpaid benefits if you don’t report changes and are overpaid as a result.

Appeal a decision

You can appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal if you disagree with a decision. You must usually ask for ‘mandatory reconsideration’ before you appeal.