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GOV.UK: Disability Living Allowance

New claims

You can only make a new claim for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) if you’re claiming for a child under 16 - this is known as DLA for children.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children – new, improved claim form

 DWP has improved the DLA for children claim form .

The improved form:

  • includes guidance to help claimants provide the right supporting information
  • says that claimants should send photocopies of supporting documents, not original documents
  • includes a checklist of what claimants need to do before sending the form

Printed copies of the form can be ordered through this link

Anyone over 16 must apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead of DLA.

Existing claims

PIP is gradually replacing DLA for people aged 16 to 64, even for those with an indefinite or lifetime DLA award.

You can continue to get DLA if you were born on or before 8 April 1948 and you’re eligible. If you were born after that, use the PIP checker to find out if and when you’re affected by PIP.

Who to contact

0345 712 3456
0345 722 4433 - Textphone service

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.