Disability Living Allowance (DLA) may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:
It is made up of two parts, your child might qualify for one or both components.
The rate the child gets depends on the level of looking after they need, eg:
The rate the child gets depends on the level of help they need getting about, eg:
DLA is not means-tested so it does not matter what income or savings you have. Instead any decision to award DLA will be based solely on your child's condition and how this impacts on their need for help with personal care and/or getting around. You can claim DLA even if your child does not have a diagnosis - it is sufficient that they have some form of disability even if this has not yet been formally diagnosed.
Getting DLA can help you qualify for extra amounts of other means-tested benefits and tax credits. If you're getting child tax credit and your child is awarded DLA (or if an existing DLA award is increased to the highest rate for personal care), make sure you tell the tax credits office within one month of getting this DLA decision. So long as you do this, any extra tax credits should be backdated in line with the DLA award.
There are special rules if the child is not expected to live more than six months, so they can get DLA more quickly. You must:
Use the DLA1A form to apply for DLA. The form tells you where to send your application. You can also order a printed form by calling the Disability Living Allowance helpline on:
Telephone: 0345 712 3456
Textphone: 0345 722 4433
Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm