Benefits and funding the extra costs of having a disabled child
If you are the parent or carer of a disabled child, you could get disability benefits, grants and advice about money. And as some benefits are not means-tested, you can work full-time and still receive money.
Help with care
The Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is available for children under 16 who need extra looking after or have difficulty walking, even if they don’t have a diagnosis. Read more about the DLA eligibility criteria.
If you care for a disabled child for more than 35 hours a week, you can apply for Carer’s Allowance.
Local authorities must publish all services available to support disabled children, and their families in the area. This is called a ‘local offer’. It covers education, health and social care services. Speak to your social services department about what you can get.
Find your local authority
Help with travel
You can get help with your child’s bus and train travel. If your child travels for NHS treatment, the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme will cover reasonable costs for them and an escort.
Contact your local authority for:
- free school transport
- disabled person’s bus passes, which give carers free or discounted travel if they are with someone with a pass
A Disabled Persons Railcard gives the holder and a friend one third off rail fares.
If your child has the higher rate mobility for DLA, you can lease a car under the The Motability Scheme. You have to contribute your entire mobility component, but then your only expense running the vehicle is fuel.
Help with the home
Your local authority can provide a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) if you need specialist equipment or make changes to your home.
- wider doorways and ramps
- special locks for external doors, fridges or cupboards containing hazardous items
- stairlifts and a downstairs bathroom
- adapting lighting and heating controls
- specialist equipment for mobility or using the bathroom
Some organisations provide grants for items not covered by your local authority or the government.
Search for grants
Last reviewed by Scope on: 11/04/2018