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Disability Living Allowance for children claim form

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.

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Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children

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Contact: help with filling in DLA forms

The organisation Contact has information and guidance on completing the DLA claim form. 

The DLA form is long and requires lots of information. So to help, Contact’s benefits expert Derek has recorded three videos taking you through the process. Keep an eye out for more videos soon, or read their other tips on completing the DLA form.

Contact’s Frequently Asked Questions tool can help you find answers to some of the most common questions about DLA and other benefits.

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Record Last Updated On: 28/03/2022

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