What is the Disability Living Allowance?

Many countries in the world offer some sort of disability living allowance to their citizens. In Canada and the United Kingdom the program is called exactly that: the Disability Living Allowance. In the United States it is called the Social Security Trust Fund. (SSI) In the UK, this is a non-means-tested benefit that was introduced to the country in the early nineties, and is planned for a phase out to be concluded in 2016. It’s overall premise is to transition those on government assistance to an independent style of living.

History of the U.K. Disability Living Allowance

Never before had doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and opticians come together under one large umbrella organisation to provide services free to those in need. This first NHS was founded in the late 1940’s and was financed entirely by taxes levied on the citizens of the UK and its territories.

Later, the Welfare Reform Act would receive Royal Assent and it would be one of the largest reforms in more than 60 years. It was designed to introduce Universal Credit, changed things with the Disability Living Allowance through the implementation of the (PIP) Personal Independence Payment.

Eligibility for Disability Living Allowance.

In order to be eligible to receive DLA (disability living allowance) a person must be a resident and currently living in the UK. There are certain criteria concerning age, and most must be under 65 years old when they claim it. If the claimant is living in certain types of residential accommodation already, then they might not be eligible.

Likewise, the claimant must have had a disability for at least 3 or more months and a medical affidavit stating that you are likely to have this disability long term. Additionally, if the petitioner has care or mobility needs, then they would qualify. There are many life-defining factors that can make you ineligible for these benefits including a failure to apply for the benefits according to deadlines, being a resident of a public institution, having a warrant out for your arrest or being in a position where you have violated your parole.

Individuals can qualify for DLA even if they do not currently have a job. Likewise, if you are working, the amount of DLA received will not be affected. Those who are terminally ill almost always qualify.

More information you can access the national site at: http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/dla

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How To Get Disability Living Allowance ( DLA)

Benefits with the disability living allowance is properly known as DLA or the new PIP. You must apply to get approval and if the application succeeds at that level then it is moved up to be approved at the governmental level.

You can only receive these benefits if you are genuinely blind or disabled and you must be a resident of the UK, or its recognized territories. Children born to military parents assigned to duty overseas are also eligible for disability.

First Steps Of The Disability Living Allowance Explained

First, you need to apply for the benefits. Keep in mind that when you contact the offices and request the forms, the package, or they direct you to the online forms, you are officially ‘on the clock’. You now have 6 weeks to get all of the paperwork in to the proper offices before the deadline. If you should miss the deadline for disability living allowance benefits you will have to reapply 6 weeks later. You will need to have a number of documents with you in order to fill out the applications. Some of those include your birth certificate, National Insurance number, medical information, as well as driver’s license.

Definitions of Disabled

The DLA (and…

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Disability Living Allowance Eligibility

You are eligible for disability living allowance in the United Kingdom if you are actually disabled. This can be a physical or a mental disability, and can cover disabilities that are genetic, or disease based (like cancer).

Which disability living allowance is for you?

To qualify for assistance (as an adult) you need to be aged 16-64 on or before 8 April , 2013. You will need to have made a claim prior to 10 June, 2013. Most of all, you need to have a true need to have help looking after yourself, or you are simply not able to get around anymore. You have to have had these problems for at least 3 months with the possibility of a longer term. However, that being said, if you are terminally ill the waiting period is waived.

There are two components to the UK based Disability Living Allowance (DLA). First, there is the CARE component, and then the MOBILITY component. Both have different criteria that you may meet. Some people qualify for both components depending on the depth and scope of their disability. For example, if you need help with things around the home such as washing yourself, getting dressed, feeding yourself, or using…

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How To Apply For Disability Living Allowance

One of the first things that one has to ask is whether or not you need a disability living allowance (DLA) and if you will qualify. Even if you are disabled the chances are that you will qualify for some sort of allowance. The DLA is paid at different rates depending on how your disability is affecting you and the lengths to which you must go to live day-to-day. Applying for the disability living allowance is as simple as requesting a claim pack. This can be done in several ways: phoning Disability and Carers Service, contacting your social security/jobs and benefits office, or apply online.

To apply in person or to request a care pack use this link: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/contacts/contacts-az/disability-and-carers-service.htm

To apply online: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/do-it-online/people-with-disabilities-online/apply-for-disability-living-allowance.htm

The application process for disability allowance ( DLA)

If you are having trouble filling out the application, then you can use the enquiry line to arrange for assistance filling it out. Also, be aware that the day you request your claim pack is the day that you have been considered a claimant. You will need to make sure that you send your form back in within six weeks of that date, as if you delay longer than…

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10 Things to Know About Disability Living Allowance

Here are some interesting facts about the Disability Living Allowance that may adjust the way you perceive the stability of the UK social safety net in general.

#1 DLA is being phased out.

The ministry has determined that moving toward a Personal Independence Payment Program is in the country’s best interests (though many protest that statement) and as of April 2013 those applying for DLA are automatically enrolled in PIP, instead.

#2 You need to prove your disability.

You will have to provide proof of your disability, either by having a doctor’s statement, a referral of someone who has witnessed your disability, a previous claim, or other correlative evidence. In some instances a face-to-face interview may be requested in order for the government to determine level of need.

#3 Your date for filing a claim is set the day that you first contact the offices.

Many do not realize that at the point of contact the clock starts ticking. Therefore, waiting before applying is not to your benefit. Once your initiate the process, you need to follow it through as you only have 6 weeks to get the paperwork all in, or you start all over again.

#4 Disability Living Allowance takes more than…

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