Falkirk Council

Falkirk Council
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Disability Living Allowance (DLA): Community Care

  • Are you under 65 years of age?
  • Do you have an illness or disability?

If you have answered yes to these questions, you may qualify for extra money to help towards the cost of your disability.

If you are aged over 65, please see the information on Attendance Allowance (AA).|

What is Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

DLA is a benefit paid to help people with the extra costs of disability. It has two components:

You can get either the care or the mobility component or both.

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Why claim DLA?

DLA gives you extra money that:

  • is not taxable
  • is paid on top of all other benefits
  • is paid on top of earnings
  • does not reduce means-tested benefits such as Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. (You may actually get more of these benefits)

DLA is:

  • not means tested, so your income and savings are not taken into account
  • non-contributory, so you don't have to have paid any national insurance contributions to qualify.

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How much am I entitled to?

The rates are dependent on what component you receive and the level of your disability. Please see the DLA mobility| and DLA personal care| pages for details.

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Conditions of entitlement

You must:

  • be under 65 when you claim, but an award can continue after your 65th birthday
  • satisfy one of the disability tests
  • have satisfied the test for three months before your claim and be likely to satisfy the test for a further six months.

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Disability tests

Disability tests are undertaken to see whether you qualify for DLA. Please see the DLA mobility |and DLA personal care |pages for details of the tests.

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Making a claim

Claim forms can be obtained by calling freephone 0800 882200 and asking for a DLA claim pack.

Filling in the form

The form may seem very long and complicated. Just take your time, consider the questions and give as much detail as you can about your difficulties.

A useful tip is to keep a diary of the difficulties you have and what help you need. If you have problems because there is no one to help or keep an eye on you, note this down as well.

Our service can you help fill in the form. Please phone our helpline on 01324 501404 to make an appointment. Before coming to your appointment you should read through the form and fill in your personal details.

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Disputing the decision

If you are turned down for DLA then you have the right to dispute the decision. The time limit is one month. A Welfare Benefits Officer can help you - call the helpline on 01324 501404 for assistance.

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Contact Us
  • By Post: 
    Welfare Benefits Advice
    Grangemouth Social Work Office
    Oxgang Road
    FK3 9EF
  • Telephone Helpline:
    01324 501404
  • Minicom:
    01324 504304