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Disability Living Allowance – What to Expect

Disability Living Allowance is a payment from the Government which is available to help with extra costs brought on by being disabled or if you are suffering with a long term illness. It is to help you with any extra costs that you may have due to being disabled. You do not have to have contributed to National Insurance or tax in order to qualify and you will not be expected to pay tax on what you receive.

Recently, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has been replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for those who are new claimants of this benefit are under the age of 65. As part of the change to PIP, the Department of Work and Pensions is intending to reassess claimants for PIP between now and 2018. If you were under 65 on 8 April 2013, then you will be reassessed. Those who were born either before or after 8 April 1948 are still eligible to receive DLA as long as you are still in need of care or mobility help.

The amount that you can receive is between £21.80 and £139.75 per week depending on how much support you need for your condition. The amount awarded to you will be dependent on how your condition affects you, rather than what your condition is. If your circumstances change, then you will need to contact the Disability Benefits helpline on 0345 712 3456.

If you are not expected to live more than 6 months due to a terminal illness, you will be entitled to receive the enhanced daily living component of Disability Living Allowance benefit.

You might want to use this online benefits calculator to understand whether you are entitled to any other benefits. Any benefits which you receive will be paid into an account such as your bank account. http://www.entitledto.co.uk/benefits-calculator/startcalc.aspx?e2dwp=y

You should look at whether there are any additional extenuating circumstances that can help you, for instance if the cause of your disability was not your fault then you should contact a personal injury claims specialist to discuss the possibility of investigation if any reparation is possible under law.

Girlings Personal Injury Specialist, Jonathan Pidduck says; ‘There are many cases where disability occurs over time as a result of external factors, in those cases it is too easy for people to simply accept that there is nothing they can do and no one else is to blame. We can advise people with disabilities if there is any possibility of recourse and compensation, which will help them to improve their living standards and make their disability a little more bearable.’

Details of how to contact Girlings can be found on their website www.girlingspersonalinjury.co.uk, who operate a ‘no win, no fee’ service and are approved claims solicitors who are also registered with APIL and regulated by the Law Society.