Disability Living Allowance
Help with care
The Care Component of DLA takes account of how much attention or supervision you need. It makes no difference whether or not you are actually getting that care. There are three rates and at April 2012 they are
- Lower rate - £20.55 per week
- Middle rate - £51.85 per week
- Higher rate - £77.45 per week
You can qualify for this if you need attention in connection with your bodily functions. This might be help with eating and drinking, washing and dressing, or using the toilet. If you are over 16, you can qualify if you are unable to prepare a cooked main meal for yourself. This might be because you cannot, for instance, turn a tap, carry a pan of hot water, or you would find it difficult to plan a meal.
To qualify for this amount, you must need:
- Frequent attention throughout the day in connection with your bodily functions, or
- continual supervision throughout the day in order to avoid substantial danger to yourself or to others, or
- attention during the night in connection with your bodily functions, or
- you need someone to watch over you for much of the night. Help needed with jobs like housework, shopping or gardening does not count.
You can get the highest rate if you need care or supervision as for the middle rate, but you need it both by day and by night.
DLA is tax-free. Payment is usually made into a bank account, building society account, Post Office account, or National Savings account.