Since 20 June 2016 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has replaced DLA for people aged 16 to 64 years.
If you’re already getting DLA and are aged between 16 and 64 years, you’ll continue to get DLA until the Department for Communities (DfC) writes to tell you when your DLA will end and invites you to apply for PIP.
You will only be eligible to make a fresh claim to DLA if you are under 16.
If you're over 65 years old
If you are already getting DLA and are over 65 with a life time award, your DLA will continue, providing you continue to meet the eligibility criteria. You will not be reassessed for Personal Independence Payment.
The rate you get is made up of two components (parts). How much you get depends on how your disability or health condition affects you.
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How you’re paid
DLA is usually paid every four weeks.
All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account, for example, your bank account.
Effect on other benefits and entitlements
If you receive DLA it might increase the amount of other benefits or credits you're entitled to, such as:
- Income Support
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Pension Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
DLA is normally ignored as income for working out these income-related benefits and credits.
DLA and your carer
If you have someone looking after you, they may be entitled to claim Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Credit.
Change of circumstances
You must call Disability and Carers Service (DCS) if your circumstances change, as this can affect how much DLA you get - for example:
- the level of help you need or your condition changes
- you go into hospital or a care home for more than four weeks
- you go abroad for more than 13 weeks
- you’re imprisoned or held in detention
You must also contact the helpline if:
- you change your name, address or bank details
- you want to stop receiving your benefit
- your doctor’s details change
Appeal a decision
If you disagree with a decision, you must usually ask for ‘mandatory reconsideration’ before you appeal.