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Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Carers Allowance

Allowances to help you

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

DLA provides help with extra costs when looking after a child who is under 16 and has difficulties walking, or needs more looking after than a child of the same age who does not have a disability. This benefit can be paid to parents and carers whether or not they are in work.

Please see the GOV.UK website for more. 

Attendance Allowance

Help for people over 65 who are mentally or physically disabled and need help with personal care. Please see the GOV.UK website for more.

Carers Allowance (CA)

Carer’s Allowance is available to help look after someone with substantial caring needs. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You must be at least 16 years old and spend a minimum of 35 hours a week caring for them.

Carer’s Allowance is taxable. It can also affect your other benefits. It is not available if you’re in full-time education or studying for 21 hours a week or more. There is a limit to the amount you can earn and claim CA, and the person you care for must already get one of these benefits:

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – the middle or highest care rate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

Please see the GOV.UK website for more.

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