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