Information about Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Who an claim disability living allowance
Disability Living Allowance is a social security benefit that you may be able to claim if you are under 65 and have a long term health problem, mental or physical, that affects your everyday activities.
12 things that won’t affect your Disability Living Allowance claimMany
people, including some doctors, care workers and Department of work and Pensions staff, pass on information and opinions about Disability Living Allowance that aren’t correct. So, no matter what you’ve been told before, here are:
12 things that don’t affect your right to claim Disability Living Allowance.
- You’re getting any other benefits - Disability Living Allowance will be paid on top.
- You’re working.
- Your partner works.
- You have savings.
- You have not paid any national insurance contributions.
- You don’t consider yourself to be disabled - Disability Living Allowance is for people with long term health problems which affect their everyday activities.
- You’ve been told by a doctor, nurse, care worker - or anyone other than a welfare rights worker - that you won’t get Disability Living Allowance. Eligibility for Disability Living Allowance is a legal question, not a matter of medical - or any other - opinion.
- You live alone and no-one is providing care for you.
- You already have someone, a partner for example, providing care for you.
- You don’t want anyone to provide care for you.
- You’ve been turned down before
- You do not want to spend money on personal care: you can spend Disability Living Allowance on anything you wish.
Disability living allowance five minute physical health test for adults
Look through this list of some (but not all) of the everyday activities that are relevant to DLA:
- Walking outdoors
- Walking outdoors alone in unfamiliar places
- Preparing a cooked main meal for yourself
- Moving about indoors
- Taking medication
- Eating and drinking
- Staying safe if you’re alone
- Communicating with other people
- Getting out of bed in the morning
- Getting into bed at night
- Using the toilet
- Washing, having a bath or a shower
- Looking after your appearance
- Getting dressed and undressed
- Social and leisure activities
(Shopping and housework are not generally counted as everyday activities that are relevant to DLA).
Choose one of the activities above that you have some problems with. For example:
- you might have problems using the toilet because you have irritable bowel syndrome which causes abdominal pain and urgent diarrhoea, so you sometimes don’t make it in time
- you might have problems going outdoors alone in unfamiliar places because a visual impairment makes it difficult for you to see obstructions or cross roads safely
- you may not be able to prepare a cooked main meal for yourself because arthritis in your hands means you can’t peel or chop vegetables.
With your chosen activity in mind, answer the True or False questions below. If your condition varies, so that the answer is sometimes true and sometimes false, then choose true.
- I can do it, but it hurts.True or False?
- I can do it, but only slowly.True or False?
- I can do it, but only using a special technique of my own.True or False?
- I can do it, but I need someone with me just in case things go wrong.True or False?
- It’s not safe for me to do it. True or False?
- I can’t do it at all. True or False?
If you haven’t answered True to any of the questions, try the test again with another activity from the list and so on, until you’ve found a statement that is true or decided that there aren’t any.
If the answer is True to any of the questions in relation to any of the activities listed then you may be entitled to Disability Living Allowance, because they are all reasons why you might ‘reasonably require’ help or supervision, even if you don’t get it or want it.
Whether you are actually eligible for Disability Living Allowance, and at what rate, will depend on how many activities you have problems with and which ones they are.
If the answer wasn’t true to any of the questions it doesn’t mean you are definitely not eligible for Disability Living Allowance, you should try to get help from DIAL http://www.dialuk.info/ who will come around your house and help with the forms. Or Benefits and work http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/ who give excellent advice.