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Extra benefits and help you can get while on DLA

This advice applies to Scotland

If you get DLA for your child, you might be able to get extra money from other benefits or help with travel, for example you might not have to pay vehicle tax.

You’ll need your DLA decision letter before you can apply for this extra help - you’ll be sent this when you get a decision on your DLA claim.

There are free benefits experts at your nearest Citizens Advice who can help you find out what you’re eligible for and help you to apply.

Use our benefits checker to find out if you’re claiming all the benefits you're entitled to.

Higher payments of benefits you already get

You can get higher payments of the following benefits if you get DLA for your child:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit

You’ll also be exempt from the ‘benefit cap’ which limits the amount of benefit payments a household can get.

Check who pays your benefits and contact them (their contact details should be on any letters they send you). Tell them you’re getting DLA for your child and ask them what other help this entitles you to - it’s a good idea to have your decision letter handy when you call.

It's best to do this as soon as possible after getting a DLA decision.

Getting DLA won’t reduce any of your other benefits so it’s always best to ask what extra you’re entitled to.

Check if you can get Child Winter Heating Assistance

Child Winter Heating Assistance is a benefit paid once a year from November 2020 to help with the costs of heating for a child or young person with disabilities. It is a one-off payment of £200.

It is paid automatically to a child or young person under 18 in Scotland who is getting the highest rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance in the 'qualifying week' of 21 - 27 September. It is paid by Social Security Scotland.

A young person who is 18 in the qualifying week but has not yet changed to Personal Independence Payment is also able to get the payment in November.

Check if you can get Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people who look after someone with a disability or health condition.

You’ll have a good chance of getting Carer’s Allowance if all the following apply:

  • you earn less than £128 a week
  • you get the middle or higher rate of the care component of DLA
  • you spend at least 35 hours a week (total) caring for your child 

Read more about claiming Carer’s Allowance on GOV.UK.

Check if you can get Income Support

Income Support is a benefit for people who don’t have enough to live on.

You might be eligible for Income Support if you care for a child and get the middle or higher rate of the DLA care component for them.

You can only make a new claim for Income Support if you’re getting, or recently stopped getting a benefit with a severe disability premium (SDP).

Check if you’ve been getting a severe disability premium

You might get an SDP with:

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit

Check your benefit award letter to see if you’re getting an SDP – it usually says you’re getting it “because you are severely disabled”.

You can claim Income Support if you’re getting a benefit with an SDP.

You can also claim Income Support if you stopped getting a benefit with an SDP in the last month and you can still get an SDP. Check if you can get an SDP on GOV.UK.

Contact your nearest Citizens Advice if:

  • you should have been getting an SDP but it’s not included in your benefits
  • you’re getting a disability benefit from a country in the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein

Call Jobcentre Plus to find out if you can get Income Support and start a claim. Make sure you have details about any recent earnings or employment when you call.

Jobcentre Plus - new claims
Telephone: 0800 055 6688
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Calls are free.

Get travel support

If you get the higher rate mobility component, you can get:

Apply for a grant from the Family Fund

The Family Fund is a charity that gives grants to ease the stress on families who have a disabled or seriously ill child.

You can apply for help if you’re on a low income and you care for a disabled or seriously ill child at home.

Check if you’re eligible and find out how to apply on the Family Fund website.

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