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Parents with disabled children and special education needs

Obtain help and support through a Disability Living Allowance or Carer's Allowance.

Mother, son and disabled son

Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is for adults and children who have a disability that means they need support looking after themselves and/or causes them to have difficulty walking. 

Eligibility

The DLA is in two parts:

  • a care component
  • a mobility component

each has different rates of funding (ranging from low to high) depending on the severity of the disability.

You may be eligible to claim the care component if the child needs extra looking after - i.e. much more than a child of the same age without a disability.

To find out if you may be eligible and information on how to claim, visit Disability Living Allowance for adults website or Disability Living Allowance for children website.

Carer's allowance

Carer's allowance is paid to people who look after a disabled child or adult. To claim the allowance you do not have to be related to, or live with the person that you care for.

To find out if you may be eligible and information on how to claim, visit Carer's Allowance website.

Extra tax credits for disabled children

If you're responsible for a child with a disability you may qualify for extra tax credits to help you with childcare.

You may be eligible for extra tax credits:

  • If your child is blind (or was within 28 weeks of making the claim) or is receiving DLA
  • You may get an additional amount if your child is severely disabled and receives the highest rate care component of the DLA

To find out more about how much you may get and to request a claim form please call the Tax Credit Helpline on 0345 300 3900, textphone 00345 300 3909 (open 8am-8pm, seven days a week) or visit the HM Revenue and customs - tax credits website for more information

Direct payments

Direct payments are a way of arranging social care services for disabled children and young people and their families. Direct payments can be made to those with parental responsibility for a disabled child or children, this gives them greater choice and flexibility over how, where and when support services are arranged for them. The local authority will decide whether a child is eligible by carrying out an assessment of needs called a community care assessment.

As a parent you can use direct payments to buy a placement at a nursery offering specialist support, for short breaks, equipment, for personal care or to provide assistance for your child to attend an activity or after school club. Also, it could be used to employ a person to help support and care for your child as a day/overnight carer.

For more information on direct payments, visit Gov.uk - direct payments.

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Article utilities:  Bookmark and Share Print Print this page Last updated: 30 Jun 2015 at 12:55