Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children

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How to claim

To claim DLA for a child you need to be their parent or look after them as if you’re their parent. This includes step-parents, guardians, grandparents, foster-parents or older brothers or sisters.

To apply you can either:

  • print off and fill in the DLA claim form
  • phone the Disability Living Allowance helpline and ask for a printed form

Disability Living Allowance helpline
Telephone: 0800 121 4600
Textphone: 0800 121 4523
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 121 4600
Video relay service for British Sign Language (BSL) users - check you can use this service
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
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The process is different in Northern Ireland.

Alternative formats

Call the Disability Living Allowance helpline to ask for alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD.

When you’ll be paid

DLA can be paid from the start of your claim. It cannot be backdated. Your claim will start on the date the form is received or the date you call the enquiry line (if you return the claim pack within 6 weeks).

You’ll usually get a decision letter about 8 weeks (40 working days) after your form is received. The letter will tell you when you’ll get your first payment.

If the child is terminally ill

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

Phone the Disability Living Allowance helpline to start your claim. Ask a doctor or other healthcare professional for form DS1500. They’ll either fill it in and give the form to you or send it directly to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

If you disagree with a decision

You can challenge a decision about your claim. This is called asking for mandatory reconsideration.