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Disability Living Allowance

WARNING THIS BENEFIT IS FINISHED FOR MOST NEW CLAIMANTS OVER 16 FROM 9TH JUNE 2013, IF YOU GET IT NOW YOU STAY ON IT FOR SOME TIME.

What is it?

A non-means tested non-taxable, Social Security Allowance paid to people who need supervision or help with their daily or nightly care needs or have mobility problems.

It is paid in two parts, the care component (Low £21.55, Middle £54.45, High £81.30) and mobility component (Low £21.55, High £56.75) you can have one on its own or both together.

You should have needed the help or had mobility problems normally for three months before you claim and they should be expected to last at least another six months. It can be claimed for the first time by anyone under 65, this includes children.

For people over 65 needing help for the first time the equivalent benefit is Attendance Allowance.

Any award of D.L.A increases the amount you or your family could receive in means tested benefits such as Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance Income Related, Housing and Council Tax Benefit, and Health Benefits. Certain levels also acts as a passport to, the disability element in Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits, Various Grants, Carer Allowance, Blue Badge, Car Tax Exemption, Driving Licence at age sixteen, etc, etc.

You should have a full benefit check done if you or any of your family are awarded any level of D.L.A or an increased rate 01387 266888.

Important note:

This benefit is paid for your care, supervision and mobility needs you can get the benefit even if you live alone with no help or supervision. As long as any help or supervision is reasonably required you should still qualify for D.L.A.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have just been awarded D.L.A high care and mobility, over £138.05 weekly. I am afraid to tell the Benefits Agency as I feel they will cut my Income Support which is only £72.40 weekly. I live alone. What do you think?

A: Let your local Benefits Agency know. If you live alone and no one has Carer Allowance for looking after you, your Income Support will also increase from £72.40 weekly to £180.90 weekly. Ask then to fully backdate this amount to when your award of D.L.A started.

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Q: My doctor has told me this week that my condition is terminal. Can I claim this benefit, or will I have to wait three months?

A: Claim now. If you are classed as terminally ill you are not required to wait the normal three months before claiming. You should get a minimum of high care due to being terminally ill.

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Q: I already have the high rate mobility component (£56.75 wkly), I am now aged 69. I now need help with my care, does this mean I have to claim Attendance Allowance?

A: No. If you have D.L.A before age sixty-five it continues as long as you continue to meet the qualifying conditions. You should contact the D.L.A unit in Blackpool and explain how your care needs have increase, and that you now feel you could possibly qualify for the care component, you can only add the middle or high care as you are now over 65 plus your new care needs should have existed for six months instead of three for under 65's.

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Q: My son is 6, he has asthma and has been awarded middle rate care component (£54.45 wkly), can I now claim Carer Allowance, I do not work but my husband works full time?

A: Yes. No reason why not, it is £61.35 weekly, backdated to the DLA award date. You should also have a full benefit check done as DLA and Carer Allowance also increases many other benefits.

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Q: I have Income Based ESA and live with my two son's aged 26 and 34 they both work full time. I pay full rent and Council Tax due to having these Non-Dependant sons living with me. I have been awarded low rate care (£21 wkly) of D.L.A will this effect my rent and council tax?

A: Yes. It will, you should let the local Council know that you now have the care component and from when it was awarded to you. This should mean that you no longer have any rent to pay. The care component of DLA at any level, now means that there is no longer any reduction from your Housing and Council Tax Benefit for Non-Dependents. You should also have a full benefit check done.

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Q: I have Disability Living Allowance, can my wife also claim it?

A: Not now it will need to be the replacement benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP) if she meets the qualifying conditions?  Claim form on 0800 917 2222.

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Q: I have the low rate mobility component (£21.55 wkly), can I get free car tax?

A: No. Free Car tax is only if you have the high rate mobility of DLA at £56.75 weekly. You might get a bus pass free. See your local Social Work Department about this.

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Q: I have the care component of D.L.A. I am now aged 68, can I now claim the mobility component as my mobility has decreased recently?

A: No. The mobility component is only paid for the first time to under 65's. If you had claimed it before age 65 then it would have continued after age 65.

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Q: My son is seriously ill and only aged 3 can he claim D.L.A?

A: No reason why not if he meets the qualifying conditions. Only the high rate mobility component or the care component are available as under 5's at this time are unable to claim the low rate mobility component.

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Q: I am 44 and have been the high rate care component (£81.30 wkly) this is my only income. My husband works full time. Can I claim any other benefits.

A: Until July 5th 2001. If you had not worked for over 28 weeks, then yes. You could claim Severe Disablement Allowance. This was paid to ill or disabled people who have not paid the required National Insurance Contributions to qualify for Incapacity Benefit . It is no longer available to claim. So unless you meet the strict qualifying conditions for Employment Support Allowance then there is nothing else you can claim, if your partner has Working Tax Credits let them know about the DLA award as the high care might increase this.

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Q: My son has just turned sixteen, he has D.L.A middle care (£54.45 wkly) and high mobility (£56.75 wkly). He will be returning to school full time after the summer, can he claim any other benefits at age sixteen?

A: Yes as he is disabled he could possibly get Employment Support Allowance, you would have to give up Child Benefit and any Tax Credits paid for him. Seek Advice first though as you might lose more than this from your on-going Child and Working Tax Credits awards if you have these. You should also be claiming Carer Allowance if your income allows?

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Q: I have found a job for 20 hours. Will I have to give up my D.L.A high mobility and middle care?

A: No. This benefit can be paid if you work or not. As long as you continue to meet the qualifying conditions then your entitlement should continue. You should have your benefits checked as you could possibly now have a claim for Working Tax Credits depending on your household income.

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