What is Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and who can claim it?

You can claim DLA on behalf of your child if they need more care than children of the same age (for example, this could be help getting dressed or going to the toilet).

You can claim the mobility component of DLA if: 

  • at age 3 your child has severe walking difficulties (higher rate)  
  • at age 5 your child needs guidance or supervision when outdoors (lower rate)

Who is eligible for DLA?

Find out more about eligibility for DLA on the official government website.

DLA is a benefit to help with the extra costs of raising a disabled child. It takes into account your child's mobility and care needs. DLA is not means-tested.

DLA has 2 parts - care and mobility. To qualify for one or both, your child must satisfy the DLA disability tests for 3 months before being paid and be likely to do so for at least 6 months afterwards, unless they're terminally ill.

Your child can receive only one rate from each component.

If your child gets DLA, you may qualify for Carer's Allowance and for help from the Motability scheme.

How do I claim DLA for my child?

You can either:

  • Call the Disability Living Allowance helpline and ask for a claim form (DLA1)
    Telephone 0800 121 4600                                               
    Textphone 0800 121 4523
  • Download a DLA1 claim pack from Gov.uk

Your claim date will be when you call and ask for the form. But you must complete and return it in the time given. If you download a claim form, it will be the date your completed form is received. Claims can take around 40 days, and there may be an assessment.

Can I challenge a DLA decision?

If you disagree with the decision made on your child's DLA claim, you can ask for a Mandatory Reconsideration.

If you still believe the decision is wrong, you can appeal. You have a month to dispute a decision, so it's important to seek advice and act quickly.

How to appeal a Disability Living Allowance decision.

I’m an adult. When will DLA end for me?

If you were born after 8 April 1948 and are over 16, you will be invited to apply for Personal Independence Payment by the end of 2018. If you were born on or before 8 April 1948, your DLA will continue for as long as you need care or mobility assistance. 

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