Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax-free amount of money for some disabled children. It can help with the extra costs of looking after a child under 16 who:

  • has difficulties walking, or needs more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability
  • meets the eligibility requirements. 

To apply, you need to complete the Disability Living Allowance claim form. The rate depends on the level of help the child needs, and an assessment might be necessary.

  • DLA is usually paid every four weeks
  • All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into your bank, building society or credit union account
  • DLA can only be claimed for children under 16 – anyone over 16 must apply for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • You can claim for a child as long as you look after them
  • DLA can’t be backdated.
  • It usually takes around 40 working days to deal with a claim