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DLA, or Disability Living Allowance, is a government benefit designed to help disabled people with living, care and mobility costs. This benefit is tax-free and is currently available to people under the age of 16. If you need to get in touch with the government department responsible for overseeing the administration of Disability Living Allowance, you can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339. The information in this guide is correct as of February 2016, though changes may have been passed in the following months that make the information on this page incorrect.
Hopefully this guide will make applying for and receiving DLA a little bit easier. If you find yourself lacking information about a key topic, you can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339 to speak to a member of their helpline staff. They will be able to answer any questions that is not solved by this post. If you are looking for a government disability benefit for people aged 16 - 68, please visit the Personal Independence Payment, PIP, page on GOV.UK. From 2013 onwards, DLA was changed, with PIP replacing DLA payments for people aged over 16, up to the age of 68. For more information on the age restrictions on DLA, continue to read this guide or call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339. The government department that oversees the payment of Disability Living Allowance is the Department for Work and Pensions, or DWP. You can find contact numbers for the DWP here, or you can visit their page on GOV.UK.
Eligibility for DLA changed in 2013. Before the changes, people under the age of 65 with a disability could apply for Disability Living Allowance, however the Personal Independence Payment has since replaced DLA for people aged between 16 and 65. Existing claimants who were aged 65 or over on 8th April 2013 will continue to receive Disability Living Allowance.
The Department for Work and Pensions state that you may be eligible for DLA if you need assistance looking after yourself, or you have, what they call, “walking difficulties”. These amount to two areas that the DLA is designed to pay for, to cover the cost of care and to improve the mobility of people with a disability. You can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339 for assistance should you want to apply for DLA. These two areas split the DLA into two parts, meaning you may be able to receive one part of the Disability Living Allowance, but not the other.
Care costs are judged on the following criteria. If you need help with daily tasks such as eating, cleaning, using the bathroom, putting on clothes and communicating your needs, you are likely to be eligible. You are also able to apply if you require supervision to prevent dangerous situations occurring, either regarding yourself or other people. If you need someone with you when using a dialysis machine, you are able to apply and if you cannot cook or prepare a main meal, you can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339 to learn more about the application process. If any of these situations apply to you, you will be able to apply for the care costs aspect of the Disability Living Allowance.
If your mobility is affected, you may be able to apply for the mobility costs aspect of the DLA. If you are unable to walk, you are only able to walk a short distance without severe pain or you become ill from walking short distances, you are likely to be eligible. You also may be eligible for Disability Living Allowance if you have no legs or feet, you are assessed to be 100% blind and at least 80% deaf and you need someone to provide help when you are outside. If you have severe behavioural issues or have a serious mental impairment and you receive the highest care rate of Disability Living Allowance. You can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339 if you need further information about the rates of care available through the Disability Living Allowance.
You are also able to apply for the mobility costs cover part of DLA if you require supervision for the majority of time when walking outside. If you are certified as severely sight impaired and were aged between 3 and 64 on 11 April 2011, you are also able to apply for Disability Living Allowance. Please keep in mind that these are not guarantees, the Department for Work and Pensions may or may not accept applications for DLA, even if you meet the above criteria. If you are unsure as to why your application was not accepted, you can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339.
You are only able to make a new claim for DLA if you, or the person you are applying for, is under the age of 16. If you are over the age of 16, you can apply for the PIP, the Personal Independence Payment, a replacement benefit. If your circumstances change at any time, you must contact the DWP. This includes changes to the level of care you require, whether you go abroad for a period of time, changes to your address, bank account and name, and changes to your doctor or healthcare. If you need to contact the DWP, you can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339 to speak to a member of their helpline and make amendments to your record. You may face a £50 fine if you receive overpaid benefits as a result of not informing the DWP of changes to your living circumstances.
In certain circumstances, when applying for DLA, you may receive a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions saying that you must attend an assessment before your application is approved. The assessment is not to check if you are eligible or not, it may be to find out what level of care you may require. In the letter, you will be informed of where you need to go, what you’ll need and why you must attend an assessment. If you will find it difficult to attend your assessment, you can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339 to discuss the issue you have and hopefully figure out a solution.
If you do not attend your assessment, your benefits may be paused. When you attend the assessment, you will need to bring 3 forms of identification, according to the GOV.UK website. You are able to use a passport, a birth certificate, a full driving licence, a life insurance policy or bank statements. If you need further information on the identity check performed at an assessment, you can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339.
There are number of different rates of Disability Living Allowance, based on the level of care you require and your day to day mobility. DLA is calculated based on two components, the cost of care and the cost of providing mobility. You may qualify for both, one or the other, or neither.
There are three available rates, lowest, middle and highest. The lowest rate is to cover people that require some help during the day and cannot cook or prepare meals. Currently, the lowest rate is £21.80 per week. The middle rate is for people that require frequent or constant assistance and supervision during the day or supervision during the night, or require the presence of a person when using a dialysis machine. This rate pays £55.10 per week. The highest care rate is for people that require day and night supervision, or are terminally ill. This rate pays £82.30 per week. For information on the different rates, call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339.
There are two rates based on your mobility, the lower and the higher rates. The lower rate is designed for people that require guidance, supervision or assistance when outdoors. This rate pays £21.80 per week. The higher rate is for people who have a severe walking difficulty, this rate pays £57.45 per week. If you qualify for either of these rates, you can apply for Disability Living Allowance by calling Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339.
DLA, in most cases, is paid every four weeks. Payments are made to a specific bank account, meaning it is important to keep your bank account details up to date. Remember, you may qualify for both components of DLA, make sure to apply for the correct components to ensure you receive the full amount of support. The minimum amount you can receive from DLA is £21.80 per week and the maximum is £139.75 per week. You may also be able to apply for other benefits or tax credits, in addition to your DLA. To find out more about further available benefits, visit the Disability Benefits Centre website or call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339.
You may qualify for Carer’s Allowance if you spend 35 hours a week or more looking after a child that qualifies for the middle or highest care rates of DLA. Find out more by visiting the Carer’s Allowance website.
To apply for DLA, you can download and print a DLA claim form from the GOV.UK website. The form will let you know where to send it. You can also order a form to your house by calling Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339 and requesting an application form. It usually takes 40 working days for the DWP to process a DLA claim form, with an assessment potentially being required. Parents, guardians and carers can claim on behalf of their child.
Your DLA payments will be paid from the date the form is received rather than approved, though the payments will not be made until the claim is approved. If your child is terminally ill, you should include a DS1500 medical condition report in your application. You will be able to obtain one of these forms from your doctor, specialist or consultant. This will help you obtain DLA much faster, should your child not expect to live for another six months. You can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339 for further information.
To appeal a DLA decision, you can use the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal service. Before appealing, you will need to ask for mandatory reconsideration.
As previously mentioned, DLA is not available to people aged 16 or over, though there are other options. You may qualify for the Personal Independence Payment, or PIP, the benefit that replaced Disability Living Allowance for people aged 16 or over. You can use the PIP checker tool if you want to learn more about how the Personal Independence Payment could support you, or you can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339.
There are a few exceptions to qualifying for DLA and then qualifying for PIP. If your child qualifies for DLA as they are terminally ill, the GOV.UK website advises that they are unlikely to qualify for PIP, under the same rules. You can call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339 for helpline support on what to do when your child reaches 16.
As your child approaches 16 years old, your child should receive a letter inviting them to apply for PIP. If you haven’t received a letter 28 days before their 16th birthday, you’ll need to get in touch with the Disability Benefits Helpline on 0345 712 3456. If you don’t get in touch, your child could stop receiving their payments. You will continue to receive DLA payments past your 16th birthday, up until their PIP claim is approved or denied. If they choose not to apply, their DLA payments will stop when they turn 16. For any further information on Disability Living Allowance, call Disability Living Allowance Questions on 0843 504 7339.
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