Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is changing.
New claims for DLA
You can only make a new claim for DLA if you’re claiming for a child under 16 – this is known as DLA for Children. Anyone over 16 must apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead of DLA.
Existing DLA claimants
PIP is gradually replacing DLA for people aged 16 to 64, even for those with an indefinite or lifetime DLA award.
To qualify for PIP, you must:
There are some exceptions to these conditions if you’re living or coming from another EEA country. You can get PIP whether you’re in work or not.
How to claim
Phone the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP – see number below). You’ll be asked for information like:
Someone else can call on your behalf, but you’ll need to be with them when they call. You can also write asking for a form to send the above information by post (this can delay your claim).
What happens next
You’ll be sent a ‘How your condition affects you’ form. It comes with notes to help you fill it in. Return the form to DWP – the address is on the form. Then an assessment will be arranged for you. (see above for details of what that involves)
New claims only
Telephone: 0800 917 2222
Textphone: 0800 917 7777
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
If you’ve applied for PIP and have been turned down – you can appeal.
Before you appeal to the Tribunal, you need to ask the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to look at the decision again. This is called ‘mandatory reconsideration’.
Mandatory reconsideration gives you the chance to let DWP know if anything’s changed, and gives DWP the chance to explain their decision.
Contact DWP by telephone or in writing within one month, and make it clear why you’re asking for mandatory reconsideration. The telephone number and address will be on your decision letter.
You’ll receive a ‘mandatory reconsideration notice’ as a response.
Contact DWP as soon as possible if you think they’ve overlooked something or if your situation has changed.
You can appeal your decision if you’re still unhappy with DWP’s response in the mandatory reconsideration notice. You’ll need to include your mandatory reconsideration notice with the application. You have to appeal within one month of mandatory reconsideration notice.
Fill in a Notice of appeal against a decision of the DWP -and send it to the address on the form.
Personal Independence Payment
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you’re aged 16 to 64.
How much you get is not based on your condition, but how your condition affects your ability to care for yourself.
You’ll need an assessment to work out the level of help you get. Your award will be regularly reassessed to make sure you’re getting the right support.
Your claim will be assessed by an independent health professional to help DWP work out the level of help you need. The assessment may be face-to-face – you’ll get a letter explaining why and where you must go.
DWP makes the decision about your claim based on the results of the assessment, your application and any supporting evidence you include.
Your disability or health condition
You must have a long-term health condition or disability and have difficulties with activities related to ‘daily living’ and or mobility.
You must have had these difficulties for 3 months and expect them to last for at least 9 months. If you’re terminally ill (ie not expected to live more than 6 months), you don’t need to have had these difficulties for 3 months.
Daily living difficulties
You may get the daily living component of PIP if you need help with things like:
If you score between 8 and 11 points, you will be awarded Standard rate. If you score at least 12 points, you will be awarded Enhanced rate.
You may get the mobility component of PIP if you need help with going out or moving around.
There are two rates. Between 8 and 11, you will be awarded Standard rate and if you score 12 points and above, you will be awarded Enhanced rate.
What you need to know If you’re terminally ill
You can get PIP more quickly if you’re not expected to live more than 6 months. Phone DWP to start your PIP claim and then send them form DS1500 (you can only get this form from a doctor or other healthcare professional).
You will not need to complete the ‘How your condition affects you’ form or have an assessment.
Independent Living Fund
The Independent Living Fund (ILF) provides money to help disabled people live an independent life in the community rather than in residential care. NOTE: THIS FUND NO LONGER ACCEPTS NEW APPLICATIONS.
You can use payments from the ILF to:
If you’re already getting help from the ILF, your payments will continue to be reviewed to check if your circumstances are still the same.