Knowing more about DLA, from eligibility criteria to what you get, the easier it will be to claim. It’s up to you to prove your child is eligible by showing how their condition affects their daily life.
DLA has care and mobility components and your child may be eligible for one or both. Each component has different rates of payment. The amount you receive depends on your child’s needs.
Your child needs:
about an hour’s extra care during the day or night - lowest payment
frequent help of 20 minutes or more during the day and night or extra supervision during the day and at night - middle payment
help day and night or if they are terminally ill - highest payment
is aged 5 or above and can walk but needs help outdoors or when somewhere new - lowest payment
is aged 3 or above and cannot walk, can only walk a short distance, could become very ill trying to walk or is severely sight impaired - highest payment
If your child is not expected to live more than 6 months, you can get DLA quickly by:
completing a DLA claim form
asking your child’s doctor to complete an official medical form called a DS1500
Completing the DLA form
The DLA claim form includes an information booklet that gives examples of what the Department for Work and Pensions requires for each question.