Disability Living Allowance And Attendance Allowance For The Disabled In The UK


In the UK, the social security system provides two important benefits, namely Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance. It is the Department of Work and Pensions that makes decisions about Disability Living Allowance as well as on Attendance Allowance.

Before one goes for applying for Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance, it is important to asses oneself whether he/she qualifies for these benefits. And if so, then, at what schedule of rates could one expect to be paid.

It is important to understand that there are different methods and levels of payment for Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance. There are also separate rules for children and Disability Living Allowance as well as special rules for dialysis patients. Besides, there are special rules for people with terminal illness claiming Disability Living Allowance and some special rules for people with terminal illness and Attendance Allowance as well.

Disability Living Allowance can be claimed when the claimant has a physical or mental disability (or both) and the disability is severe enough to (a) need help in caring for self or supervision to keep the claimant safe or (b) the claimant has walking difficulties or needs help for getting around and (c) the claimant is under 65 years in age at the time of filing of claim. In case the claimant is over 65 years of age, it would be better to claim Attendance allowance instead.

The care component of Disability Living Allowance and its mobility component are paid at different rates which depend on just how the disability affects the claimant. Some claimants may be entitled to receive just the care component or just the mobility component, whereas under certain circumstances, some claimants may be entitled to both the components.

To be entitled to get Disability Living Allowance, one must be a resident of Great Britain, or be treated as living there, by meeting certain other conditions regarding residence and presence.

It may be noted that Disability Living Allowance entitlements are unaffected by whether or not the claimant works and are usually also unaffected by any income or savings of the claimant from other sources.

A medical examination is not usually required for claiming Disability Living Allowance unless specifically desired and requested for by the authorities.

The amount as well as the entitlement to Disability Living Allowance itself can change under various circumstances, for instance, a period of hospitalization or when the disability gets worse or better.

In case the claimant is terminally ill and is inflicted by a progressive disease on account of which life expectancy is not beyond another six months, then there are special rules to ensure that the benefits are provided quick and easily.

It may also be further noted that entitlement to Disability Living Allowance generally also increases the amount of other benefits or credits, such as Income Support, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. At the same time Disability Living Allowance is usually ignored as income while working out such income-related benefits and credits.