Disability Living Allowance for children

Disability Living Allowance for children

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Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)


Subsidise disability-related costs

primary eligibility


SECONDary eligibility

Responsible for child aged under 16 years
Need extra looking after or have walking difficulties




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what's on offer

Help with extra living costs of between £23.70 and £152.15 per week if you looking after a child who is under 16 and has difficulties walking or needs much more looking after than a child of the same age who does not have a disability. Additional eligibility requirements do apply.

how to claim

1. To claim DLA for a child, you need to be their parent or look after them as if you’re their parent. This includes step-parents, guardians, grandparents, foster-parents or older brothers or sisters. 2. Printing off and fill in the DLA claim form. 3. Alternatively, call the Disability Living Allowance helpline by telephone on 0800 121 4600 from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday to ask for a printed form. Your may alternative contact by textphone on 0800 121 4523, or Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone) on 18001 then 0800 121 4600. 4. There are special rules if the child is not expected to live more than 6 months, so they can get DLA more quickly. Phone the Disability Living Allowance helpline to start your claim. Ask a doctor or other healthcare professional for form DS1500. They’ll either fill it in and give the form to you or send it directly to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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