Who can claim?
Your income and savings do not affect your claim for Disability Living Allowance, but the following condition must be met:
- You must claim the benefit before your 65th birthday. If you are 65 or over, then you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance. If you have claimed and been awarded Disability Living Allowance before your 65th birthday, the benefit will continue to be paid when you are 65 and over.
- You must have had the health problems or disability you describe for at least three months and be likely to have them for the next six months (unless you have a terminal illness, when benefit can be paid immediately)
- You must satisfy at least one of the disability conditions - these outline the amount of help you must need for each of the components and rates
- You must meet the residence and presence conditions for the benefit
If you get Disability Living Allowance, you may qualify for more Income Support, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit (called 'Rate Rebate' in Northern Ireland).