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Disability Living Allowance (DLA) - How much Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will I get?

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is money for people who have extra care needs or mobility needs (difficulty getting around) as a result of a disability. If you are 16+, you can no longer make a new claim for DLA You may be able to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead.

How much Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will I get?

Care component

This is paid at one of three different weekly rates depending on your care needs:

  • Highest rate £87.65
  • Middle rate £58.70
  • Lowest rate £23.20

Mobility component

This is paid at one of two different weekly rates, depending on how difficult it is for you to get around:

  • Higher rate £61.20
  • Lower rate £23.20

If you receive DLA you also qualify for a Christmas Bonus each year. This is usually £10. You do not need to make a claim for the bonus, it is paid automatically. It does not affect any other benefits you might get.

Benefit Cap

If you or your partner receives Disability Living Allowance, you will be exempt from the Benefit Cap which limits the total amount in some benefits that working-age households can receive. See our Benefit Cap guide for more details.

How will I be paid Disability Living Allowance?

Disability Living Allowance will be paid directly into your Bank, Building Society or Post Office account or by Simple Payment if you are unable to open or manage one of these or a similar account.

Disability Living Allowance is usually paid every four weeks.

Awards of Disability Living Allowance can be made for either fixed or indefinite periods but usually awards (payments) are made for a minimum of six months or longer if you carry on having care needs.

If you go into hospital, your Disability Living Allowance payment will stop after four weeks.

Disability Living Allowance and other benefits

If you start to get Disability Living Allowance, it might increase the amount of other benefits or credits you are entitled to. For example, you may get extra Housing Benefit.

Disability Living Allowance is normally ignored as income for working out entitlement to other benefits.

If you get Disability Living Allowance, someone who cares for you might qualify for Carer’s Allowance.

Help to buy or lease a car (Motability)

There is a scheme called Motability available if you are getting the higher rate mobility part of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or war pensioner’s mobility supplement.

If you qualify this helps you to buy a car on hire purchase or lease one as the hire purchase or lease payments are covered by the DLA high rate mobility component which is usually paid direct to Motability.

A contract hire scheme for powered wheelchairs or scooters is also offered through Motability.

If you lease the car, then insurance, breakdown cover, and repairs are included. Mileage up to a certain limit is included in the price but after that you have to pay per mile you drive.

If you cannot drive, or prefer not to drive, you can name up to two other people as drivers

For more information, see the Motability website or phone on 0300 456 4566.

Updated: April 2019

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