Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is money for children under 16 who need extra care or struggle getting around or both.
Could I be eligible?
Your child might be eligible for DLA if:
- They need extra care, attention, or supervision because of a mental or physical disability
- They need help walking or getting around
See this handy video for more info.
How do I apply?
You can apply using the forms on the gov.uk site here.
You will need to print out the form and fill it out by hand. If you can’t print the form at home or at the library you can phone the Disability Living Allowance helpline on 0800 121 4600 and ask for one to be sent out.
Can I get help with the form?
The form for DLA is quite in-depth. It can be upsetting as it asks you to focus on what the child or young person cannot do and the effect this has on the family.
You can print off guidance notes to help you answer the questions, in the right way and it might be easier to do it in short bursts.
It can be helpful to keep a diary of the care you provide over the course of a few days, keeping a record of how long each task takes as the form asks you to specify in minutes eg. How long it takes to get the child to sleep.
If you need further support filling out the form you can contact:
DIAL: 01226 240273
Citizen’s Advice: 0800 144 88 48 between 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday
There are 2 parts to DLA – Mobility and Care, look at the mobility section for more information.