Would your child qualify for DLA higher rate mobility? Find out at our Facebook Q&A

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Friday 19 November 2021

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Most children who get the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) — the main benefit for disabled kids — 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. 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 and access to the Motability scheme, which helps you lease a car. It may also lead to an exemption from road tax. Plus, the higher rate component can be paid from the age of three (whereas the lower rate is only paid from age five).

However, there are certain eligibility ‘tests’ that must be met in order to qualify — and these rules are quite complex.

To help you learn more about this important benefit and how to claim, our Family Finance advisers are inviting parent carers to a special Facebook Q&A about the DLA higher rate mobility component on Friday 26 November between 10am–12pm.

The Q&A will take place in Contact’s private (closed) Facebook group for parent carers. If you’re not already a member, simply request to join and make sure to answer the 3 membership questions when prompted.

The session will be carried out in writing rather than as a video livestream. This way, parents can drop by at any point between 10am and 12pm to ask questions and check back later for our answer at a time that suits.

Can’t make 26 November?

We have lots of information about DLA and other benefits on our website. Take a look at our FAQs for information on some of the most popular topics we get asked about, or see our factsheet on claiming DLA higher rate mobility for children with learning difficulties or autism spectrum disorders.