(UK excluding Scotland)
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a non means tested benefit which provides financial support towards the extra costs of bringing up a child with a disability such as multiple sclerosis (MS). This benefit is available to residents under the age of 16 in the UK excluding Scotland, who can claim CDP instead.
DLA is only available for children under the age of 16 whose needs are complex due to mental and/or physical disabilities. DLA payments will stop once the claimant reaches the age of 16 and they will be invited to claim PIP.
The initial process to claim DLA for children differs slightly depending on if you live in England/Wales or Northern Ireland. In all cases claims need to be made by a child’s parent, guardian or any other person who has recognised parental responsibilities for the child.
In all localities, you will be notified by letter of a decision within approximately 8 weeks from the date of your application form being received by the respective authorities.
To find out more please visit the following authority websites.