Easy Read: What is Disability Living Allowance?

January 29, 2011

At DPAC, we believe in being inclusive and accessible and here we are very grateful to Ellen and Kevin Clifford for doing this Easy Read version of the Disability Living Allowance for all of us. There is a Word Document version here

What is Disability Living Allowance?

What is Disability Living Allowance?




DLA is a benefit

Disability Living Allowance is a benefit that is paid to disabled people.

DLA helps life chancesIt is to help cover the extra costs of being disabled and so help disabled people to have the same chances to take part in life as other people.

You can get Disability Living Allowance if:

  • you have a physical impairment or a learning difficulty or mental health support needs

  • your impairment means that you need someone to support you or that you have difficulty walking and getting about. You are under 65 when you ask to go onto it.

  • You must have been like this either needing support or having walking difficulties for at least 3 months and it must be likely you will carry on like this for at least the next 6 months.

If you are very ill and going to die within the next 6 months there are different rules for this benefit to make sure you get it more quickly and easily.

If you are over 65 there is a different benefit called ‘Attendance Allowance’ that you can get.

You can get Disability Living Allowance whether you work or not.

The amount you get is to do with what support needs and impairment you have; it is not to do with how much money you have coming in.

Disability Living Allowance has two parts called ‘components’:

  • a care component – if you need help looking after yourself or support to keep you safe

  • a mobility component – if you can’t walk or find it very hard to walk, or you need help getting around

Some people will be able to get only one of these parts but other people might be able to get both.

You can get different amounts for each of the two parts depending on how your impairment affects your day to day life.

For the care component you can get a low, middle or high amount.

For the mobility component you can get a low or a high amount.

If you can get Disability Living Allowance it might mean you can get more in other benefits.

For the Easy Read DWP consultation Disability Living Allowance reform – public consultation http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dla-reform-consultation-easyread.pdf

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