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Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

What is Disability Living Allowance?

Disability Living Allowance is sometimes referred to as DLA. It is a tax-free benefit for children and adults who need help with personal care or have walking difficulties because they are physically or mentally disabled

Disability Living Allowance has two parts called 'components'.

The care component - If you or your child needs extra care or supervision to keep them safe, the care component is designed to help with the extra costs of these care needs

The mobility component - if you or your child need help with getting round, this component is designed to assist with the extra cost of this.

You or your child may be entitled to receive one or both of these components. The mobility and care components are paid at different rates depending on how you or your child's disability affects you.

Am I eligible?

You may get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) if you’ve had the following difficulties for 3 months and expect to have them for at least 6 months:

  • walking difficulties
  • you need help looking after yourself

You can also get DLA if you have a progressive disease and you’re not expected to live more than 6 months.

Who to contact

0800 882 200 or 0800 243 355 (textphone)

When is it on?

Helpline available Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 6.30pm

Other Details

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