What is disability living allowance?
Your child can claim disability living allowance (DLA) if he or she is under 16, disabled and needs extra help to look after themselves or has difficulty walking or getting around. DLA is not means tested.
There are two components to DLA: the care component, which has three rates of payment and the mobility component, which has two rates of payment. Your child can be paid one or both components, depending on their needs.
Any savings your child has do not affect their DLA
Does your child qualify for DLA?
To get DLA, your child must:
- be under 16;
- pass the care component disability test and/or the mobility component disability test;
- meet the qualifying periods condition;
- pass the residence and presence tests; and
- not be subject to immigration control.
DLA has been replaced by personal independence payment (PIP) for people of working age (ie between the ages of 16 and 64 inclusive). You cannot make a new claim for DLA if you are of working age. You need to claim PIP instead. If you are of working age and are already on DLA, you will be asked to claim PIP rather than DLA at some point in the future.
How to claim DLA
You can call and ask for a form DLA1A.
Telephone: 0800 121 4600
Textphone: 0800 121 4523
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
If you return the completed form within six weeks, your child’s award can be backdated to the day you asked for the form.
You can download a Disability Living Allowance claim pack at www.gov.uk