Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults | GOV.UK

What is Disability Living Allowance?

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people.

You can only apply for DLA if you’re under 16. You can apply for:

  • PIP if you’re aged 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age
  • Attendance Allowance if you’re State Pension age or older and do not get DLA

If you already get DLA, your claim might end. You’ll get a letter telling you when this will happen and how you can apply for PIP.

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.

If your DLA claim is ending

If your DLA is ending, you’ll get a letter inviting you to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). If you do apply, you’ll need to do it within 28 days.

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.

Please see the link below for more information.

Who to contact

0800 882 200 or 0800 243 355 (textphone) 0800 882 200 or 0800 243 355 (textphone)
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When is it on
Helpline available Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 6.30pm


Age Ranges
Under 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and over, All Ages

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