How Much Is Disability Living Allowance?

Are you looking to claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

If so, the amount of Disability Living Allowance that you will receive will depend on how your disability affects you.  There are several different rates for this benefit and our guide looks at how much DLA is and how it affects other benefits.

How Much Is Disability Living Allowance?

As we have previously discussed on this website, Disability Living Allowance comes in two parts – the care component and the mobility component.  You may be able to claim just one component or you may be able to claim for both components.

The 2011 weekly rates for the care component are:

  • Highest rate       – £73.60
  • Middle rate        – £49.30
  • Lowest rate        – £19.55

In general terms, the definition for eligibility for the different rates of the care component of DLA are:

  • Highest rate – if you need assistance or supervision frequently during the day and night
  • Middle rate – if you need supervision through the day only, help with personal care or someone to watch over you during the night only
  • Lowest rate – if you are unable to prepare a cooked meal or if you need assistance for some of the day

The 2011 weekly rates for the mobility component are:

  • Higher rate         – £51.40
  • Lower rate          – £19.55

In general terms, the definition for eligibility for the different rates of the mobility component of DLA are:

  • Higher rate – if you have any more severe walking difficulties
  • Lower rate – if you need guidance or supervision outdoors

The amount of Disability Living Allowance that you can claim will be determined by your individual circumstances.

Effect of claiming DLA on other benefits and entitlements

If you make a successful claim for DLA then you may also receive extra money with your:

  • Income support
  • Child or Working Tax Credit
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing or Council Tax benefit
  • Income related Employment and Support allowance

However, if someone receives Carer’s Allowance for providing care to you, you may not be able to receive an extra amount for severe disability in any of these benefits or credits.

2 Responses to “How Much Is Disability Living Allowance?”

  1. Clive
    31. Oct, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    If I claim the higher rate care component does that mean I’ll automatically receive the higher rate mobility component?

    • admin
      31. Oct, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

      Clive – Thanks for your question.

      The different components of Disability Living Allowance are assessed separately so you won’t automatically receive the higher rate of both components. Some people only receive one or the other component, whilst some people receive both. It will depend on your individual circumstances.

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