Disability Living Allowance (DLA) - eligibility
You may be eligible for Disability Living Allowance if you have walking difficulties or need help with your personal care. You must have had these needs for three months and expect to need this help or have these difficulties for at least another six months.
DLA can be paid whether you are in work or not. Eligibility does not depend on your medical diagnosis - it is how your condition affects your needs for personal care or mobility.
To get the care component of DLA, your disability must be severe enough for you to either:
- need help with things such as washing, dressing, eating, getting to and using the toilet, or communicating your needs
- need supervision to avoid you putting yourself or others in substantial danger (this can apply to mental health conditions)
- need someone with you when you are on dialysis
- be unable to prepare a cooked main meal for yourself (if you have the ingredients), if you are aged 16 or over
There are three rates of care component depending on how your disability affects you:
If you need help for some of the day or you are unable to prepare a cooked main meal.
If you need help with personal care frequently or supervision continually throughout the day only, or help with personal care or someone to watch over you during the night only, or someone with you while you are on dialysis.
If you need help or supervision frequently throughout the day and during the night.
You can get Disability Living Allowance for your care needs even if no one is actually giving you the care you need, even if you live alone.
To get the mobility component of DLA, your disability must be severe enough for you to have any of the following walking difficulties, even when wearing or using an aid or equipment you normally use:
- because of a physical disability, you are unable or virtually unable to walk without severe discomfort, or at risk of
endangering your life or causing deterioration in your health by making the effort to walk
- you have no feet or legs
- you are assessed to be both 100 per cent disabled because of loss of eyesight and not less than 80 per cent disabled
because of deafness and you need someone with you when you are out of doors
- you are severely mentally impaired with severe behavioural problems and qualify for the highest rate of care component
- you need guidance or supervision most of the time from another person when walking out of doors in unfamiliar places
- you are certified as severely sight impaired by a consultant ophthalmologist, and you were aged between 3 and 64 on 11
April 2011; you must also have a best corrected visual acuity of less than 3/60, or you must have a best corrected visual
acuity of 3/60 or more but less than 6/60 together with a complete loss of peripheral visual field and a central visual field of
no more than ten degrees in total
There are two rates of the mobility component depending on how your disability affects you:
If you need guidance or supervision out of doors.
If you have any of the other, more severe, walking difficulties.
You may be entitled to only the care component or only the mobility component, or you may be entitled to both.
Your entitlement to DLA and the amount you get is based on the information you told the Disability and Carers Service (DCS). If this information changes, it is your responsibility to tell the DCS. They can then check you're still entitled to the benefit and whether you're getting paid the correct amount.