Updated 14th January 2016
DLA - Please note that New claims for DLA are only available for children under 16 years.
Although, some already receiving DLA may be allowed to re-apply. DLA in effect has been handed over to the newish Personal Independence Payment form of benefit.
DLA is very broadly speaking, ‘extra’ money for people who don’t manage ‘well’ when left to their own devices - either because of difficulties looking after themselves, communicating and socialising, or because of some sort of ‘risk’. It is one of the Tax-Free benefits that are available.
Even if you have a lifetime award of Disability Living Allowance, you will be 'invited' to claim for PIP instead.
If your Disability Living Allowance is due to expire, then you will most certainly be invited to claim PIP. This is also the case if there is a change in your personal circumstances, such as a change in the way your condition now affects you, that requires you to inform the DLA authority.
Unless you are already receiving DLA - DLA Benefit is available ONLY for children only now since April 2013. For Adults claiming anew it has been replaced by PIP - Personal Independence Payment
Your child does not have to be severely handicapped to claim this benefit, and many recipients do not actually consider themselves as being 'handicapped'. If you simply have 'walking difficulties - even though you might be working.
Even if you have savings or other income, but suffer as above, then you could be entitled to DLA for your child. Savings and/or income is NOT taken into account. DLA is a tax-free benefit, and it does not normally affect any other benefits you might be claiming.
There are two different parts to DLA - called Care Parts or Components. Sometimes they call them 'Parts' - sometimes they call them 'Components'! The DWP recognises that this might cause confusion, so even explain that they are both one and the same thing as far as DLA is concerned. A 'component' is of course a 'part' so why they have to differentiate we are not sure.
You might get the care part of DLA if you:
You might get the mobility part of DLA if, when using your normal aid, you:
You might also get it if you:
If there is any doubt about your condition, then the DWP may ask you to attend for medical assessment. This would not normally be necessary if the problems caused by your physical or mental condition are obvious. The medical examination will be carried out by a health care professional on behalf of the DWP. If you are not satisfied with the result and implications of your medical assessment, then you can appeal against the decision. There is a special way in which you have to appeal, with relevant forms available from the DWP.
You will need to take identification to any Medical Examination. This allows them to see that it is actually 'YOU' being assessed and not some good actor!!!
The identification should be any THREE of the following
Where payment of DLA is forthcoming, it will be paid every 4 weeks into a bank or savings account as with all benefits.