Disability Living Allowance is available to children who have difficulties walking or who need more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability.
The child must have been living in Great Britain for some time unless they are terminally ill. They must also have had the difficulties for at least three months, unless terminally ill, and the condition be expected to last for at least six months.
There are two different parts of the benefit, one for care and one for mobility needs.
There are three rates of help with care:
- lowest rate – help for some of the day or night
- middle rate – frequent help or constant supervision during the day, supervision at night or someone to help during dialysis
- highest rate – help or supervision throughout both day and night, or if terminally ill
There are two rates of help with mobility:
- lowest rate – the child can walk but needs help and or supervision when outdoors
- highest rate – the child can’t walk, can only walk a short distance without severe discomfort, could become very ill if they try to walk or the child is blind or severely sight impaired
When claiming, the child may have to go to an assessment to decide whether they qualify for the benefit.
The benefit will stop when the child reaches 16 and they will have to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP). There is no automatic process for this.
You may find the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator useful if you want to find out what you are entitled to. You can also get support with the application or other benefits advice from one of the local Providers listed in the Provider’s Box below.
If you are sure you can apply for this benefit but just need help to fill out the form, there are also volunteers at the Council’s Checkpoints who can help you fill out the form.