Disability Living Allowance

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1. Overview

Please note: Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a new benefit that is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64, even if they have an indefinite or lifetime award of DLA. 

You can find further information on Personal Independence Payment in our Personal Independence Payment information guide

New claims for DLA

You can only make a new claim for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) if you’re claiming for a child under 16 – this is known as DLA for children. Anyone aged 16-64 must apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead of DLA.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after an eligible child who:

  •  is under 16
  • has difficulties walking, and/or, needs more looking after than a child of the same age.
  • They must have had these difficulties for at least 3 months and expect them to last for at least 6 months. If they’re terminally ill (i.e not expected to live more than 6 months), they don’t need to have had these difficulties for 3 months.

Information updated August 2018. Please note that information may be subject to change. All information is provided in good faith but Disability Information Scotland does not endorse any product or service referred to within this resource.