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** Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children **

1. 1. Overview
2. 2. DLA rates for children
3. 3. Eligibility

1. 4. How to claim
2. 5. When your child turns 16

** 4. How to claim **

Use the DLA claim form to apply for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for
children under 16.

The form tells you where to send your application.

You can order a printed form by telephoning the Disability Living Allowance

*Disability Living Allowance*
Telephone: 0345 712 3456
Textphone: 0345 722 4433
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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*Alternative formats*

Call to ask for alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio

*What you need to know*

DLA can only be claimed for children under 16 - anyone over 16 must apply
for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

You can claim DLA for a child as long as you look after them as if you’re
their parent. ‘Parent’ includes step-parents, guardians, grandparents,
foster-parents, and even older brothers or sisters.

DLA can’t be backdated. The date of your claim will usually be the date
the form is received or the date you call the enquiry line (if you return
the claim pack within 6 weeks).

It usually takes 40 working days to deal with a DLA claim.

The child may need an assessment to complete the application.

-Terminal illness-

There are special rules if the child is not expected to live more than 6
months, so they can get DLA more quickly. You must:

· complete a DLA claim

Source: www.gov.uk/disability-living-allowance-children/how-to-claim

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