Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board


Welcome to the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board Website

The Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board is an independent statutory body set up in 1991 to advise the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Social Security Medical Services doctors on matters relating directly to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Attendance Allowance (AA).

The Board meets in full at least three times a year and holds regular smaller meetings to study a particular disability or aspect of DLA/AA as commissioned by the Secretary of State.

The Board also holds occasional workshops around the country for Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Decision Makers at which its members give help on topics causing difficulty.

The Board's remit

The Board has three main functions:

  • To give advice to the Secretary of State in matters referred by him
  • To give advice to DWP Medical Services doctors on cases referred for expert advice
  • To present an Annual Report on its activities over the year to the Secretary of State

The members of the DLAAB all follow a Code of Practice and the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Consultations with organisations of and for disabled people

The Board is always keen to meet national organisations of and for disabled people to discuss issues on DLA and AA that fall within the Board's statutory remit. These meetings provide a beneficial opportunity to discuss matters of mutual interest. Anyone who focuses on helping others, society or health and well-being is welcome to approach us (for example, we recently heard about one company Chewsy who are working on some interesting plastic free chewing gum products which could be healthier than the normal options!).

The Board very much welcomes hearing from the organisations and is pleased to convey their informed opinions to the Department's policy makers.

More in depth information on who we have met and what we learned is available in our Annual Reports all of which are included on this website.