Skip to main content

New Benefit Will Replace Disability Living Allowance

  • Synopsis: Published: 2011-04-04 (Rev. 2011-04-05) - Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being replaced with a new Personal Independence Payment. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Department for Work and Pensions.

Main Document

Disabled people will continue to be able to rely on a non-means tested cash benefit as Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is replaced with a new Personal Independence Payment.

The new benefit will continue to help disabled people live independent lives and will for the first time include regular reassessments to ensure that people are getting the right level of support when they need it most.

This follows one of the biggest ever consultations at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) with more than 5500 responses from disabled people and disability organizations.

Responding to the consultation today, Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled People said:

"Disabled people are at the heart of our welfare reform plans and severely disabled people who need extra help and support will always get it. That's why we have spent the last few months working closely with disabled people and disability organizations to make sure we are making the right changes to DLA.

"We've listened to what they have told us and we will be working with them to make sure that the new Personal Independence Payment does what it should.

"We have also said that we won't remove the mobility component from care home residents in 2012 and instead we are reviewing the mobility component as part of our wider reforms of DLA."

DLA is paid to help people who cannot do things like walk or wash and dress themselves.

It provides a contribution to the extra costs severely disabled people incur.

DLA is claimed by 3.2 million people at an annual cost of £12bn.

Currently more than 2 million people get the benefit indefinitely which means there is no way of knowing if their condition has changed or if they actually need more help and support.

Nearly a quarter of all working age people on DLA have not had any review of their claim in 10 years.

The Personal Independence Payment can be claimed by disabled people whether they work or not. It will also:

Introduce a more objective assessment of need, which will be developed with the help of disability organizations and disabled people

Allow disabled people to be reassessed over time - something that is lacking in the current system - to ensure everyone receives the correct support if their needs change.

The consultation response can be viewed at www.dwp.gov.uk/dla-reform

1. Disability Living Allowance is designed for people who have problems walking or looking after themselves because of a disability.

2. The benefit is paid to 3.2 million people at an annual cost of £12bn.

3. 20% of those who were first awarded DLA in 1992 have never had their needs reviewed so we have had no way of knowing if their condition has changed and they still qualify for the benefit.

4. These changes will come into force from 2013/14

Related Information:

  1. Basic State Pension to Rise in 2011 - UK Disability News
  2. Welfare Reform: UK Disability Living Allowance for the 21st Century




Information from our U.K. Disability Pension: Disability Living Allowance section - (Full List).


     What will I receive?

Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.


Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.


List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.


Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be. Also see information on blood group types and compatibility.


  1. How the NFL Came to Shape the Concussion Issue That Plagued It
  2. United Airlines Obtains EZ Access® Certification For New Self-Service Kiosks to Better Ensure Accessibility for All Customers
  3. Free Wheelchair Mission 1 Million for 1 Million Campaign
  4. Chef with Disabilities Continues Career Using Stand-Up Wheelchair




Citation