Disability Living Allowance for children

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children is a benefit that may help with the costs of looking after a child with a disability.

You may be able to claim DLA for children if your child:

  • is aged under 16
  • has difficulty walking or needs extra care (more than a child of the same age who does not have a disability).

There are two parts to DLA for children:

  • the care component – to help with the cost of extra care
  • the mobility component – to help with supervising a child, aged 3 or over, moving around outdoors.

What you could get

Each component is paid weekly at a low, medium or high rate, depending on your child’s needs:

  • Low rate – you could get a care component of £22.65 and a mobility component of £22.65.
  • Medium rate – you could get a care component of £57.30.
  • High rate – you could get a care component of £85.60 and a mobility component of £59.75.

How to claim

  • If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, visit gov.uk You can also call the Disability Living Allowance helpline on 0800 121 4600 or textphone 0800 121 4523 and ask for a DLA claim form. You can ask for alternative formats such as braille, large print, or audio CD.
  • If you live in Northern Ireland, you can download or print an application form from nidirect.gov.uk You can also call the Disability and Carers Service on 0800 587 0912 or textphone 028 9021 1092 and ask for a claim pack.

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