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Disability living allowance

Are you entitled to it ???????

 

Who can claim DLA for a child?

  • Parent of child under 16 living with them.
  • If you look after a child under 16 as if you were the parent
  • Only one person at a time can get DLA for a child.

 

Can a child get DLA?

Yes; if they need much more day-to-day help than other children of the same age who do not have a disability.

A Child may get DLA if their disability means that one or both of the following apply to them:

  • They need help with personal care or someone to supervise them for their own or someone else's safety.
  • They cannot walk, or find walking very hard, or need help to get around.

 

There are two elements to DLA

  1. Care
  2. Mobility

 

When can I claim DLA for a child?

  • The child must be under 16
  • No Lower age for Care Element
  • Minimum of 3 years old for Mobility Element higher rate
  • Minimum of 5 years old for Mobility Element lower Rate
  • Must have had the additional needs for 3 months and these are likely to continue for another 6 months.
  • Special Rules apply if the child is terminally ill.

 

Explaination of Care part of the Allowance

There are three care rates.

Lowest Rate

A child may get the lowest rate of DLA if they need help with personal care for SOME of the day.

Middle Rate

A child may get the middle care rate of DLA if they need

  • help with personal care frequently throughout the day
  • help with personal care during the night
  • someone to supervise them continually throughout the day to avaid substantial danger
  • someone to watch over them at night to avoid substantial danger, or
  • someone with them when they are on dialysis

Highest Rate

A child may get the highest care rate of DLA if they need help with personal care or someone to supervise them throughout the day AND also help with personal care or someone to watch over them during the night.

 

Terminal illness

There are special rules if the child is not expected to live more than 6 months, so they can get DLA more quickly. You must:

  • complete a DLA claim form
  • include a DS1500 medical condition report with your claim form or send it soon after - these are free and you can only get them from a doctor, specialist or consultant

 

Mobility Part of the Allowance

There are two mobility rates.

Lower Rate

A child may get the lower mobility rate of DLA if they are 5 or over and they can walk, but most of the time they need a lot more guidance or supervision from another personto help them get around outdoors in places they don't know, than other children of the same age who do not have a disability.

This maybe because they:

  • have problems with the way they behave
  • are blind or deaf
  • have problems talking to others, or
  • need someone to keep an eye on them

The child may need extra supervision to avaoid danger to them or other people.

 

Higher Rate

A child may get the higher mobility rate of DLA if they are aged 3 or over and due to a physical disability, even when they use an aid (such as a stick or false leg), they:

  • cannot walk at all
  • can only walk a short way without severe discomfort
  • could become ill if they try to walk.

They may also be able to get higher rate if they:

  • have been assessed as 100% disabled because they are blind and at least 80% disabled because they are deaf, and they need someone with them when they go outdoors
  • have had both legs amputated at or above the ankle
  • were born without legs or feet, or
  • get highest care rate of DLA, are severely mentally impaired (that is, they have severe learning difficulties) and have severe behavioural problems.

If your child gets the higher mobility rate of DLA, you may get help to buy or rent a car, powered wheelchair or a scooter from the Mobility Scheme

http://www.motability.co.uk/


How to Claim


Use the DLA claim form to apply for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children under 16. The form tells you where to send your application.

You can order a printed form by telephoning the Disability Living Allowance helpline.

Disability Living Allowance
Telephone: 0345 712 3456
Textphone: 0345 722 4433
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges


How DLA for children is paid

DLA is usually paid every 4 weeks.

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account, eg your bank account.

Extra help

You might qualify for Carer’s Allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a child who gets the middle or highest care rate of DLA.

Change of circumstances

You must contact the disability benefits helpline as soon as the child’s circumstances change - this can affect how much they get. For example, their disability gets worse or they go abroad for medical treatment.

Their DLA won’t usually be affected if they go:

  • into a local authority care home
    • for less than 28 days
    • into a hospital for less than 84 days
    • abroad for less than 13 weeks
    • abroad for less than 26 weeks to get medical treatment for a condition which began before they left

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