Join our Facebook Q&A to learn about DLA higher rate mobility

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Friday 2 September 2022

Get advice on claiming DLA higher rate mobility for autistic children at our Facebook Q&A 

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit for disabled kids. Most children who get the higher rate mobility component of DLA qualify on the basis that physical problems severely restrict their ability to walk. But they aren’t the only ones eligible. 

Even if your child has no physical problems with walking, they might still qualify if their behaviour is very difficult to deal with or if they have a severe mental impairment (SMI). This usually applies to children with a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder. 

An award of higher rate mobility gives automatic entitlement to Blue Badge parking permits. It gives access to the Motability scheme for help with leasing a car. And it can also lead to an exemption from road tax.

The higher rate mobility can be paid from the age of three. The lower rate is only paid from age five. 

Join our Q&A on 8 September

However, there are certain eligibility ‘tests’ that must be met in order to qualify under behavioural or SMI rules. These tests are quite complex. 

Join our Facebook Q&A on Thursday 8 September, 1011:30am, led by Family Finance advisers Derek and Marian. Taking place in Contact’s private (closed) Facebook group, we’ll help you learn more about claiming this important benefit.

If you’re not already a member of our private parent carers group, simply request to join. Make sure to answer the three membership questions when prompted. 

The session will happen in writing rather than as a video livestream. This way, parents can drop by at any point between 10 and 11:30am to ask their questions and come back later to read our advice at a time that suits. 

Can’t make it on 8 September? 

We have lots of information about DLA and other benefits on our website.

You can watch our popular DLA higher rate mobility webinar for in-depth advice from our Family Finance Team.

Take a look at our DLA guide, or read our factsheet on claiming DLA higher rate mobility for children with learning difficulties or autism spectrum disorders