DWP benefit that provides up to £184 a week for certain children

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Parents could get nearly £200 a month to help pay for extra costs with their children. The Disability Living Allowance (DLA) can be provided to help with the extra costs associated with looking after a child under the age of 16 who has difficulties walking or needs more looking after than a child the same age who doesn't have a disability.

Currently, parents can claim between £28.70 and £184.30 a week - how much you get will vary depending on the level of care your child requires.

There are three care components to DLA which determine how much you may get. The lowest rate is available for children who only need help for some of the day while the middle rate is for children who need frequent help or supervision during the day and night or need someone to help them while they're on dialysis.

Meanwhile, the higher rate is available for children who need help or supervision both day and night. The higher rate is also available for children when a medical professional has said they might have 12 months or less to live.

There are also two mobility components that help determine how much you will get. The lowest rate is for children who can walk but need help or supervision outdoor while the highest rate is for children who cannot walk, can only walk a short distance without severe discomfort, become ill if they tried to walk, or are blind or severely sight impaired.

Which children are eligible for DLA

In order to be considered eligible for the Disability Living Allowance, a child must meet the following criteria, according to gov.uk:

  • Be under 16 - anyone over 16 must apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

  • Need extra looking after or have walking difficulties

  • Ne in England, Wales, a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland when you claim - there are some exceptions, such as family members of the Armed Forces

  • Have lived in Great Britain for at least 6 of the last 12 months, if over 3 years old

  • Be habitually resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands

  • Not be subject to immigration control

A child's disability or health condition must also impede their ability to walk around and require them to have more looking after than a child of the same age without a disability.

How to apply for DLA

In order to claim DLA for a child, a parent needs to be either their parent or look after them as if they were a parent - this includes step-parents guardians, grandparents, foster-parents, or older brothers and sisters.

You can print off and fill in a DLA claim form which is available from gov.uk which you can then send to Freepost DWP DLA Child. You do not need a postcode or a stamp for this freepost address.