Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults

If you already get DLA

If you were born on or before 8 April 1948, you’ll continue to get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as long as you’re eligible for it.

If you were born after 8 April 1948, your DLA will end. You’ll get a letter telling you when that will happen. You’ll continue to get DLA until that date.

Unless your circumstances change, you do not need to do anything until you get this letter.

Apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

If your DLA is ending, you’ll get a letter inviting you to apply for PIP within 28 days. If you do apply, your DLA will continue to be paid until at least 28 days after a decision is made about your PIP application.

If you’re eligible for PIP, you’ll start getting PIP payments as soon as your DLA payments end.

If you have a fixed period DLA award

Contact the Disability Service Centre if you have not got a letter inviting you to apply for PIP 28 days before your DLA is due to end.

Change of circumstances

You must contact the Disability Service Centre if your circumstances change, as this can affect how much 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 centre if:

  • you change your name, address or bank details

  • you want to stop receiving your benefit

  • your doctor’s details change

You might have to pay a £50 penalty and have to repay overpaid benefits if you do not report changes and are overpaid as a result.

If you disagree with a decision

You can challenge a decision about your DLA claim. This is called asking for ‘mandatory reconsideration’.