This is a non-means tested benefit and all children with exceptional health care needs will be eligible.  There are two components, a care component (which can be awarded as low, middle, high) and a mobility component (low and high).  It is likely that children with exceptional healthcare needs would qualify for high level DLA for both care and mobility.

The application form is more than thirty pages and can be stressful for parents to complete.  Although some parents do complete it themselves, there are organisations that can help you complete a DLA for your child including Kindred. If you would like assistance completing your child’s DLA application, we offer small groups sessions with other parents at our Edinburgh Head Office, where one of our advocacy workers will be on hand to help you through the process. Please contact our Helpline on 0800 031 5793 to make an appointment.

Parents of a child with exceptional healthcare needs who is turned down for higher rate DLA could consider appealing, especially as other important benefits are dependent on the rate of DLA awarded.

DLA rates as at July 2017 are shown below (you can check the most up to date rates here.

Rate Care component Mobility component
Higher rate £83.10 a week £58 a week
Middle rate £55.65 a week N/A
Lower rate £22 a week £22 a week

Applications for the care component can be made from the age of 3 months (in some circumstances from birth), and applications for the high rate mobility component from the age of 3 years.

Find out more about DLA for children including eligibility and information about applying here:
www.gov.uk/disability-living-allowance-children

You can telephone the DLA Helpline: 08453713417  (please state when you call that you are enquiring about DLA for under 16’s)

You can also find out about other state benefits here (please note some of these are for England/Wales only and should inform you if that is the case):  https://www.gov.uk/help-for-disabled-child