Are you entitled to it ???????
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:
There are two elements to DLA
There are three care rates.
A child may get the lowest rate of DLA if they need help with personal care for SOME of the day.
A child may get the middle care rate of DLA if they need
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.
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:
There are two mobility rates.
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:
The child may need extra supervision to avaoid danger to them or other people.
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:
They may also be able to get higher rate if they:
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
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: