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Disability Living Allowance - DLA

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:

  • is under 16
  • has difficulty walking or needs more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability

They will need to meet all the eligibility rules detailed under 'Eligibility' below.

You can claim DLA for a child as long as you look after them as if you’re their parent. ‘Parent’ includes:

  • step-parents
  • guardians
  • grandparents
  • foster parents
  • older brothers or sisters

The DLA rate is between £23.70 and £152.15 a week and depends on the level of help the child needs.

The child may need an assessment to work out what help they need.

DLA rates for children

DLA for children is a tax-free benefit made up of two components (parts):

  • care
  • mobility

The child might qualify for one or both parts.

For further information click on the Carers UK DLA or the Contact Us buttons below.

    Carers UK     


Contact Us

Contact has created the video below, where their benefits expert Derek talks through the first 13 pages of the DLA1A Child form.