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DLA (Disability Living Allowance) is a financial benefit available to parents and carers of children under the age of 16 who requires much more looking after than a child of the same age without a disability.

You do not need to have a diagnosis to be able to claim DLA but you will need evidence from a healthcare professional/school to support your claim. This could come from

-GP
-Health Visitor
- Paediatrician
-SENCO
-Support Worker

How much can I get?

DLA is made up of two different payments one for Mobility and the other for Care.

The Care Component has three levels:

Low Rate - £23.60
Middle Rate - 59.70
Higher Rate- £89.15

The Mobility component had two levels:

Low Rate- £23.60
High Rate - £ 62.25

The payment is normally made every 4 weeks.

How to Claim
In order to claim DLA make sure that you meet the eligibility guidelines.

You can then either print off a DLA Claim Form or you can contact DWP to request a form. We suggest contacting DLA as your claim will begin from the day you make the phone call.

Disability Living Allowance helpline
Telephone: 0800 121 4600
Textphone: 0800 121 4523

Help in completing the DLA form
If you need help completing the DLA form there are local organisations that can help such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and Cerebra have put together a view easy to use guide that will talk you through each question and things to consider.

Cerebra's DLA Guidance Download

More information on DLA and all the other disability benefits can be found in our Benefits Resource Booklet

Information correct at 30/01/2021