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Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a non-means tested and tax-free benefit paid to under 16s who need help with their personal care or with getting around outdoors.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has two parts, Care and Mobility, and someone may claim one or both parts depending on the level of help they need. There are different rates of DLA; the rate you get will depend on the amount of care or support you need with your personal care or mobility.   

While you can make an application at any time, the care component is not payable before three months old; however, you can apply before three months and if you are successful the payments will start after your child reaches three months old. 

Higher-rate mobility is not payable to children under three years old and lower-rate mobility is not payable to children under five years old.

More information about DLA

We have produced a guide full of hints and tips about claiming DLA for children with cystic fibrosis. If you need more information or need help with your claim, please speak to your CF team or contact our helpline on 0300 373 1000 or by email. We are open Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. 

For information about DLA and the telephone number you need to start a claim, please visit the Government website.

For over 16s, DLA is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment.

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