Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

This is being replaced by PIP for people age 16 and over. This is a non-means tested benefit.

DLA also has the same two components as PIP but

there are three rates for Daily Living (or Care): Lower, Middle and Higher.

For Mobility

there are two rates: Lower and Higher.

The additional benefits are the same as for PIP at the equivalent rates:

Higher rate

equates to enhanced rate, and middle rate equates to standard rate.

As mobility

component of DLA does not have a middle rate, only those added benefits of the

enhanced rate PIP can apply – the Blue Badge and the Motability Scheme.

DLA remains

the disability benefit for children up to age 16.

The higher rate Mobility component is payable from age 3.

The lower rate mobility component is not payable until a child is age 5 or over.

The above

is general information only. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss


 If you are thinking about claiming a higher

rate of benefit to that which you are currently receiving because your

circumstances have changed, then it is important to check matters in more depth

and/or seek advice before proceeding. This is because when the Department for

Work and Pensions are asked to review a person’s benefit entitlement, one of

four things will happen:

It will stay the same

It will go up

It will go down

It will be withdrawn

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