If you receive DLA or AA, you may become entitled to various other types of help. Sometimes the entitlement will depend on you being in receipt of a particular component of DLA or a particular rate of DLA or AA.
Successfully applying for DLA or AA can make you entitled to an increase in other means teted benefits or Tax Credits that you are already in receipt of. The benefits and Tax Credits affected are:
- Income Support
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Pension Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Benefit (or Rate Rebate in Northern Ireland)
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit.
So, if you have been awarded DLA or AA it is always a good idea to check if you are entitled to any means-tested benefits or Tax Credits that you are not currently getting. And, if you already get any of the means-tested benefits or tax credits you should notify all of the offices which pay them that you are now getting DLA or AA.
Energy efficiency grants
If you or your partner receive DLA or AA, you may be able to get a grant to help with home insulation and other heating improvements.
If you are receiving the higher rate of DLA mobility component you may be able to apply to the Motability scheme. Through this scheme you can use your mobility component to lease or buy a car, wheelchair or scooter.
Exemption from road tax (vehicle excise duty)
If you receive the higher rate of DLA mobility component, you will be exempt from road tax. For further information and an application form please contact the Disability Contact and Processing Unit
The higher rate of DLA mobility component will also entitle you to a Blue Badge which will give you parking concessions. If you are not getting the higher rate of DLA mobility component, you may still qualify for a blue badge if you meet certain conditions. The scheme is run though your local council or trust and you should contact them for further information.
Public transport concessions
If you receive AA or DLA (except for the lowest rate of care component), you may be able to purchase a Disabled Person’s Railcard which will give you, and a person travelling with you, concessions on many rail journeys.
Some disabled people may qualify for free local bus travel, although this is not directly linked to whether or not you receive DLA or AA. Contact your local council or trust for further information.
If you live in Scotland you will receive free bus travel if you receive AA, or the higher rate mobility component of DLA, or the middle/highest rate care component of DLA, or if you hold a Disabled Person’s Parking Badge (Blue Badge).
Companion Entitlement (This section is for Scotland only)
If your mobility is such that you require to be accompanied when travelling, you can apply for a National Entitlement Card containing the companion entitlement (C+1) to allow a companion travel free of charge with you for the same journey by bus.
You will qualify for a companion entitlement if you receive the middle/highest rate of the care component of DLA or, AA or if you are registered blind; or live in a care or residential home and eligible to receive the middle/highest rate of the care component of DLA or AA.