Disability Living Allowance

3.How to claim DLA

New claims

Call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Disability Benefits Helpline on 0800 121 4600. They will send out an information pack and self-assessment form. It is important to include as much detailed and accurate evidence about the claimant’s care needs and mobility difficulties at this stage. You can also claim online at the GOV.UK website
When making a claim for benefits it is always advisable to speak with an expert that understands the entire benefits system. As well as help with completing benefit forms, an expert can help you work out what you’re entitled to or to appeal a decision you disagree with.

If your claim is successful it is always advisable to have a benefit check for the household. For example you might qualify for Carer’s Allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a child who gets the middle or higher rate of DLA care component.

Existing DLA adult claimants

From July 2015 – the DWP will start to contact everyone else still in receipt of and invite them to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

By October 2017 – most existing DLA claimants (aged 16 to 64 on 8 April 2013) will have been invited to claim PIP. Those people already aged 65 or over (on 8 April 2013) will not be reassessed for PIP, and will remain on DLA as long as they continue to satisfy the eligibility criteria.