Disability Living Allowance is only available for new claims from children under 16, it has been abolished for all new claims from people aged between 16 and 65. Any new claim from this age groups should be for Personal Independence Payment instead.
If you have care or mobility needs due to an illness or disability you may be able to claim Disability Living Allowance. Disability Living Allowance is made up of a care component (for help with personal care) and a mobility component (for help with getting around). Both the care component and the mobility component are paid at different rates depending on the level of support you need.
To get the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, your disability must be severe enough for you to have any of the following walking difficulties, even when wearing or using an aid or equipment you normally use:
There are two rates of the mobility component depending on how your disability affects you:
If you need guidance or supervision out of doors.
If you have any of the other, more severe, walking difficulties.
Mobility component used to be called Mobility Allowance.
If you have an illness or disability that affects your daily life then it is worth finding out whether you can claim additional benefits. Each claim is assessed individually to see whether you meet the eligibility rules and which rate is payable.
The rates for the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance in 2017/18 are:
Disability Living Allowance is not means-tested so it does not matter what other income or savings you have. You must be aged under 16 to make a new claim - if you are aged 16 - 65 you should claim Personal Independence Payment, if you are 65 or over then you should claim Attendance Allowance.
Disability Living Allowance is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions and in Northen Ireland by the Disability and Carers Service. Contact details are on the Disability benefits helpline page and for Northern Ireland on the NIdirect website.