Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has been replaced with personal independence payments for 16-64 year-olds. DLA will continue to be paid for children up to 16 years.
DLA can be claimed for children who require assistance with their mobility or personal care.
|•||the care component for help with personal care is paid at three different rates depending on the level of need|
|•||the mobility component for help with walking difficulties is paid at two rates|
Does your child need help with personal care?
|•||has breathing difficulties or loses consciousness|
|•||has a hearing or visual impairment, or|
|•||you require to help them use special equipment for feeding, moving around or physiotherapy|
|•||you assist them to use medication or to take medication|
Does your child have mobility problems?
|•||cannot walk at all|
|•||has difficulty walking due to pain or severe discomfort|
|•||has a visual or hearing impairment which makes it difficult for them to get around|
|•||has a physical or learning disability that means they cannot go out unsupervised, or|
|•||walking causes breathlessness or tiredness|
How do I claim?
Who makes the decision on my claim?
When will I get a decision?
What if I am unsatisfied with the decision?
What if my child’s circumstances change?
What if I am successful in my claim?
Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to claim Carers Allowance to help you look after your child. It is worth asking a money adviser to do a benefits check to ensure that you are maximising your income.