What is Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?

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Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit for children aimed at helping meet the extra costs of a disability. You can claim DLA for your child if they are under the age of 16 and have additional care and/or mobility needs.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has replaced DLA for adults. When your child turns 16 you will have to make a claim for PIP.

Further information on claiming DLA for your child can be found on RNIB's Disability Living Allowance (DLA) web pages.

For further information on PIP, see What is the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and who can claim it?

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