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Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

DLA is often the first benefit which parents claim – it’s not means tested and is paid every month. There are two elements to DLA, care and mobility, so consider whether you will need to apply for which element or both, for instance.

Care: if your child needs help with personal care (et toileting). There are three different levels:

  • lower: if your child needs some help during the day: £21.55 per week
  • middle: if your child needs more help during the day or at night: £54.45 per week
  • high: if your child needs help day and night: £81.30 per week

Mobility: if your child needs help getting around. There are two levels:

  • higher: if your child is severely restricted in getting around (eg sensory impairment, cardiac disorder, learning disability):  £56.75 per week
  • lower: if your child needs help to keep safe or find their way around: £21.55 per week

Note that since April 2013, DLA for adults has been replaced by a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Contact the DWP for further details and a form: 0800 121 4600

Direct payments

Direct Payments for disabled children were introduced in 2000 and are becoming more popular among families. They aim to give you and your child more flexibility and control about the support services you need, for example, money can be given for you to pay for a personal assistant for your child, for a childcare place, for an activity club for children with SEND.

Other benefits

There are a wide range of other benefits you can claim for, such as:

  • Carers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Parental Leave
  • Other grants – eg fares to hospital

Ask your SENDIAS team who to contact and about eligibility criteria.