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Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Important! From 10th June 2013, it is no longer possible for adults aged 16 or over to make a fresh claim for disability living allowance (DLA). Instead, you will need to make a claim for personal independence payment (PIP).

In some areas of the country claimants who are making a renewal claim for disability living allowance will also have to make a claim for PIP instead of DLA. 
 
This change should have affected the whole country at once.  But, because of problems and backlogs in the PIP assessment system from the very outset, the introduction of PIP is being phased in much more gradually than was originally intended.
 
You can find out more about the timetable for the roll-out of PIP here.
 
At the moment, the DWP's intention is that claimants who have 'lifetime' or 'indefinite' awards of disability living allowance will start being reassessed from October 2015, although this deadline may slip as well.
 
In the meantime, if your DLA award was a time limited one and you have been sent a disability living allowance renewal claim pack rather than personal independence payment claim pack, then our DLA guides are still the most effective tools for improving your chances of getting the right award on renewal.
 
Find out more about our guides to:
 

In addition, disability living allowance claims for children under 16 are not afffected by the introduction of PIP.  We publish detailed guides to claiming DLA for children in the members area of the site.