The information in this section lists the current DLA child rates and the eligibility criteria to make a claim for the monthly payment.
Further guidance explains how to apply for Disability Living Allowance for child using the claim form DLA1A and how long a DLA claim takes to process.
DLA is one of the disability benefits for children. Special help and financial support is available for young kids who are disabled or deaf as they grow through childhood.
The money helps to pay for the extra costs involved when taking care of a child with a disability. To qualify, your child must not be over the age of sixteen (16) and (either):
The lowest DLA child rates 2021 start at £23.60 and the highest rate is £151.40 a week. The amount you get depends on the level of help needed for the child.
Note: In most cases, the child will get an assessment to determine what kind of help will be most appropriate.
The Disability Living Allowance for children is a tax-free benefit. It is made up from two (2) separate components (parts).
|Care Component||Weekly Rate|
|Lowest Care Rate||£23.60|
|Middle Care Rate||£59.70|
|Highest Care Rate||£89.15|
|Mobility Component||Weekly Rate|
|Lower Care Rate||£23.60|
|Higher Care Rate||£62.25|
Note: The total amount of DLA you get depends on the individual circumstances. Your child may qualify for one part only or for both components.
You do not have to be in work to get DLA awarded for a child. As a rule, you will qualify for the Disability Living Allowance if the child is under the age of 16 and:
Note: Some exceptions also apply if the child is living in, or coming from, an overseas EEA country (or from Switzerland) and claiming illness and injury benefits.
What if your claim is for a child under 6 months? In this case they must have lived in Great Britain for at least thirteen (13) weeks.
Children aged between six (6) months and three (3) years would need to have lived in Great Britain for a minimum of 26 of the last 156 weeks.
Note: Check to see how the residence rules differ if the child has a terminal illness (details below).
To meet the conditions the child's disability or health condition must mean that they:
DLA rules state that the child must have had these difficulties for at least three (3) months and expect them to continue for at least 6 months.
But, there is an exception for a child who is terminally ill (not expected to live more than 6 months).
Note: In this case, the child would not need to have had the health conditions for at least 3 months.
The DLA care component rates for a child depend on the level of care they need:
The DLA mobility allowance child component rates depend on the level of care they need:
What happens if you get a letter asking you to go for a DLA assessment for child? The Disability Living Allowance assessment checks the level of help that the child may need.
The letter will state:
If the child's circumstances change, such as their disability worsens, it can alter the amount of Disability Living Allowance you are entitled to.
In this case, you should contact the helpline at the Disability Service Centre without delay. But, the care rates of DLA for children is not usually affected if the child:
DLA Renewal 2021
The government responded to a petition on renewing DLA as an automatic process for a child under 16 with a lifelong medical condition.
They said the DLA renewal process is an important feature at appropriate frequencies. It's the best way to ensure that people claiming Child Disability Living Allowance receive the correct financial support at an appropriate time.
Note: The local council can provide some help if you have a disabled child (e.g. short break services).
Use DLA claim form DLA1A for children under 16 when you apply on the GOV.UK website. The document informs you where to return the application.
You can also ask for a printed version of the DLA1A claim form by calling the DLA helpline phone number.
Disability Living Allowance
Telephone: 0800 121 4600
Textphone: 0800 121 4523
NGT text message: 18001 then 0800 121 4600
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
UK telephone call charges list.
Note: There is no specific DLA entitlement calculator. But, using a benefits calculator will help you make sure you are not missing out on any financial support available or access to means-tested benefits. The process for claiming Disability Living Allowance for children differs in Northern Ireland.
The DLA payment is paid out every four (4) weeks. When benefits and allowances get paid they go into a secure account (e.g. your bank or credit union account).
You may also be eligible for the Carers Allowance payment if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a child.
Even so, the child must be getting the middle or highest care rate of children's DLA for you to qualify.
Note: The main section on carers and disability benefits has further advice and helpful information.
Special rules exist for children who are not expected to live more than 6 months. This means they can get the child payments faster. But, you must first:
Note: The rules on terminal illnesses are similar to claiming Disability Living Allowance for adults.
When your child reaches sixteen (16) they will need to apply for Personal Independence Payments. The child should get a letter inviting them to apply for PIP benefit. DWP send the letter to the child:
Note: Child DLA payments may stop if they do not apply for PIP by the date recorded in the letter. But, applying by the date given means they will continue to receive the award until their claim is assessed.
Note: The DWP video [6:39 seconds] contains information about the face-to-face Personal Independence Payment assessment.
DLA Child Rates and Eligibility in the United Kingdom