Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has been in place for 20 years, the Welfare Reform Act 2012 introduces Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which will replace DLA for eligible claimants aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013.
Please bear in mind that you can no longer claim adult DLA, a new claim will be for Personal Independence Payment PIP, but for those people who were over 65 years old on the 8th April 2013 DLA can be upgraded in the same way as before and subject to the qualifying period of 3 months.
Tax free and non means tested this benefit is for someone who suffers from an illness/disability and has care/supervision needs and/or has difficulty getting around.
To qualify when applying you must have been;
Be under 65 years of age
Satisfy the residency rules and have the right to reside in Great Britain.
Have had the care or mobility needs for at least three months before you apply and are likely to continue to need help for at least a further 6 months.
Special rules apply to someone who is terminally ill.
Children under 16 years old have to satisfy extra disability tests
DLA has two parts, care and mobility - either or both components can be awarded for an indefinite or fixed period
If entitlement continues past the age of 65yrs it continues to be payable - the claimant does not transfer onto Attendance Allowance.
You cannot receive both AA and DLA
Care component is for people who need help from another person with their personal care and/or need supervision from another person to make to remain safe and may be awarded at one of three rates;
Higher rate £89.15 – if the need is through the Day and Night
Middle rate £59.70 – if the need is through the Day or Night
Lower rate £23.60 – In order to meet this criteria you need to show that your disability means that you need attention from another person in connection with your bodily functions for a significant portion of the day (more than 1 hr per day)
That your disability means that you cannot prepare and cook a main meal for yourself if you have the ingredients. The cooking test applies to applicants over 16 years old.
Day - you require from another person
a) Frequent attention throughout the day in connection with your bodily functions, or
b) Continual supervision throughout the day in order to avoid substantial danger to yourself or others.
Night - you require from another person
a) Prolonged or repeated attention in connection with your bodily functions, or
b) In order to avoid substantial danger to yourself or others, somebody to be awake for a prolonged period or at frequent intervals.
Mobility component is for people who have difficulties walking outdoors and if awarded is payable at one of two rates.
High rate £62.25; In order to qualify for the higher rate you must be over 3 yrs old and be suffering from a physical disability that affects your ability to walk outdoors.
Lower rate £23.60; In order to qualify you must be over 5yrs old and be suffering from a physical or mental health disability/illness that affect your ability to walk outdoors
Disability Contact and Processing Unit
0800 121 4600