Disability Living Allowance
2. Eligibility and components
DLA is a tax free benefit and is made up of two components. The child might qualify for one or both components. You might get a letter saying the child needs an assessment to check their eligibility.
DLA is paid every four weeks
The rate the child gets depends on the level of looking after they need e.g:
- lowest rate – help for some of the day or night
- middle rate – frequent help or constant supervision during the day; prolonged or repeated help or supervision at night; or someone to help while they’re on dialysis
- highest rate – Help or supervision throughout both day and night, or they’re terminally ill.
The rate the child gets depends on the level of help they need walking eg:
- lowest rate – they can walk but need more help and/or supervision when outdoors compared with other children of similar age. Can only be awarded once the child is 5 or over
- highest rate – they can’t walk, can only walk a short distance without severe discomfort, could become very ill if they try to walk or they’re blind, severely sight impaired. Can only be awarded once the child is 3 or over.