What is Disability Living Allowance and how do I claim?

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Wednesday 16 June 2021

Tags: disability living allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit for disabled children and is there to help meet the extra costs of being disabled. Families we support describe it as life-changing. However, there is a lot of confusion about who is entitled to DLA, and as a result many families miss out on this vital benefit.

Any ill or disabled child may be able to qualify for DLA, even those who don’t have a diagnosis. It is not means tested so your financial situation will not be taken into account. DLA is also not taxable or treated as income for other benefits. Instead, DLA can sometimes lead to an increase in other benefits, or help families qualify for them if they don’t already get them.

In short, DLA can make a real difference to a family’s overall income.

Join our Facebook Q&A on 24 June

Claiming DLA can be tricky and there are certain rules that have to be met. These rules are complex, so we are inviting you to a special Q&A  over in our closed (private) Facebook group with a focus on claiming the DLA for the first time. 

Joining our Facebook Group is easy. Just answer a few simple questions to register and you’re in!

Join us there on Thursday 24 June between 10 am -12 noon when our team of parent advisers  will be on hand to answer any questions you have about this important benefit.

Can’t make 24 June?

We have lots of information about DLA and other benefits on our website. Take a look at our Common Questions Tool for information about some of the most popular topics we get asked about or see our comprehensive parent guide to claiming DLA.