DLA (Please note that New claims for DLA are only available for children under 16 years.) and AA (Attendance Allowance) are probably the two most important benefits for people with any sort of longer-term illness or disability - including mental health problems.
They are, 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’.
DLA has been replaced for new claimants in April 2013 with a new benefit called PIP - Personal Independence Payment.
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 For Adults claiming anew it has been replaced by PIP - Personal Independence Payment.
You 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.
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.
AA is for people who are 65 or over when they first claim. It only looks at people’s Care needs. The qualifying conditions for AA are identical to those for the middle and higher rate of the Care Component of DLA. To get AA you must have had your difficulties for the last six months and they must be likely to continue for the next six.
‘New’ claim packs were introduced in 2003 for AA next>>>