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What is Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit that helps with the extra costs that disabled people face as a result of their disabilities. DLA is not a means tested benefit and is not affected by earnings, other income or savings. As part of its welfare reform programme, the Government is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for working age adults (aged 16 – State Pension age). You can only make a new claim for DLA if you're claiming for a child under 16. 

Can I get DLA?

Children who are under the age of 16 and have difficulties walking or need much more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn't have a disability may be eligible for DLA. The DWP makes the decision about the amount of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) you get and for how long. The amount of DLA you get is made up of 2 parts called ‘components’ - the ‘care component’ and the ‘mobility component’. Each component is paid at different rates.

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How much can I receive?

DLA rates (as of April 2022)

Care component How much (weekly)
Higher rate £92.40
Middle rate £61.85
Lower rate £24.45
Mobility component How much (weekly)
Higher rate £64.50
Lower rate £24.45

The Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA (currently £62.55 per week) will be used to lease a vehicle on the Scheme. If your allowance award does not cover the full length of your next lease, you are still able to join the Scheme as long as you have at least 12 months' award remaining when you place an application, however if you have a letter from the DWP inviting you for a PIP reassessment, you will not be able to place an order for a vehicle until you have confirmation that you have been awarded PIP.

How to claim DLA

You can make a new DLA claim by contacting the DWP directly:

UK: 0800 121 4600
NI: 0800 587 0912
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I currently receive DLA, will I be reassessed for PIP?

As part of the welfare reform programme, the Government is replacing DLA with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people aged between 16 and State Pension age, even if they have an 'indefinite' or 'lifetime' award.

  • In most areas DLA will remain for children until they reach the age of 16, except in Scotland where children continued to receive DLA until they transferred to Child Disability PaymentOpens in new window  in 2021.
  • DLA will continue to be available for those aged 65 and over on 8 April 2013 (on 20 June 2016 in Northern Ireland).

DLA to PIP reassessments

Existing recipients of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA who are reassessed and awarded the Enhanced Mobility Component of PIP will continue to be eligible to lease a vehicle on the Scheme. Existing customers who have an unsuccessful DLA–PIP reassessment will no longer be able to lease a vehicle on the Scheme and we will be in touch to help you return the car and support you through this transition. You will have around eight weeks from when the allowance payments end to return the car. We will write to you giving you all the information you need, including details of our transition support package. You may also be eligible for a pro-rata refund of any Advance Payment you made.

Awaiting Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reassessment

DLA and the Scheme

If you are in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA and have at least 12 months remaining on your award, you will be eligible to lease a car, scooter, powered wheelchair or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle through the Motability Scheme.

The Scheme provides flexible and hassle-free access to a brand-new, reliable vehicle of your choice – giving you greater freedom, everyday.

Find out how the Scheme works