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Disability Living Allowance

You may be entitled to receive a benefit from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) if your child has dyspraxia/attention deficit/dyslexia etc.

DLA stands for Disability Living Allowance and it is not means tested, nor is it taxable. There are 2 elements to it – caring and mobility. Very broadly these relate to the extra care that is needed in looking after a child with difficulties both indoors and outdoors.

There are details on the DWP website – go to www.direct.gov.uk and click on ‘Disabled People’. The application form is horrendous – but you can use a really helpful website whilst completing the form, run by a charity. The address is www.bhas.org.uk and they have crucial information you need to read before applying.