Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax-free benefit for people under the age of 65 who have physical or mental disabilities, and who need help paying for mobility or care costs. DLA is being replaced, for people aged between 14 and 65, by Personal Independent Payment (PIP) in England and Wales, Northern Ireland, or Scotland.
If you are already claiming, you will receive DLA until the Department of Work and Pensions contact you to tell you when you should switch to PIP. Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about DLA, eligibility criteria and how to make a claim. Use their PIP checker tool to see how your DLA will be affected by PIP.
Who can help?
The Department for Work and Pensions offer information on the benefits you are entitled to and how to claim them. Visit the DWP website for details.
The RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) has a strong tradition of looking after the RAF Family in the UK and overseas. They support all serving and former members of the RAF as well as their partners and dependent children. Their Advice and Advocacy service offers expert advice on benefits and help with claiming support you are entitled to. Visit the RAFBF website for more information.
The Royal British Legion is a service charity supporting the Armed Forces community. The Legion offers help with claiming state disability benefits. Their specialist team offer support from the early stages of the process to disputing the result if needed. Visit The Royal British Legion's website for more information.
Seafarers' Advice and Information Line (SAIL) is the only Citizens Advice service dedicated to Naval Service Veterans. They provide expert telephone and email advice on benefits, debt management, housing and more. Visit the SAIL website for more information.