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7. Benefit Entitlements

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This category covers the different benefits which a person who is in care may be entitled to.

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Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is designed to cover mobility and/or care costs for people with a disability. DLA is being phased out and will eventually be fully replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP). If you are currently receiving DLA then please do not worry, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will write to tell when your DLA ends and invite you to apply for PIP.

DLA is a tax-free benefit for disabled people who need help with mobility or care costs. You are able to claim if you are under 16 or were born after 1948 and make a claim in the same year you stopped receiving DLA.

Payments for DLA are split into two components: care and mobility. Payments for the care component range from £21.80 a week to £82.30; whereas payments for the mobility component range from £21.80 to £57.45 a week. DLA is usually paid every 4 weeks.

For further information on DLA please see: https://www.gov.uk/dla-disability-living-allowance-benefit/overview.