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Can I claim DLA for my daughter?

AllycrazyhorseAllycrazyhorse Member Posts: 6 Listener
edited July 2018 in PIP, DLA and AA
Hi.. Just a puzzling question. I am a carer for my daughter whom is type 1 diabetic I also have a daughter of 13 whom I've had a lot of trouble threw out primary school, knowing she was struggling etc I went to doctors to education boards to be told that I go to doctor then doctor tell me education board she finally got a assement threw rhthe school and has all traits af austuim but when they finally found out for me that she was dyslexia they told me that as she has been diagnosed with dyslexia that she cannot be assessed again.. So I gave up and finally after 5yrs of knowing my child was struggling at school she got extra help at school with her dyslexia n now she has moved on to high school n is still receiving help at school does anyone know can I claim dla for her as she still can't tell time etc etc signs n if i was to give it ago where do I find out the evidence to prove she was assessed and is dyslexica tbh.. I gave up with getting her assessed with the austuim n if she was to be really put on the spot for me to get help with extras for my daughter as I am a single parent.. Are r kids entitled to dla for dyslexica.. Many help would be useful n appreciate 

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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,004 Disability Gamechanger
    No-one is entitled to DLA because they have a specific condition. It’s based on the consequences of the condition. The issue is whether she needs attention or supervision in connection with bodily functions and whether her needs are substantially in excess of a healthy child of her age. That latter is a high hurdle to leap so I would always go get help with a child’s DLA claim as even the most straightforward ones end up at appeal. 
  • feirfeir Member Posts: 396 Pioneering
    If her SEN supports that she cannot maintain self care then it's likely you'd get it. You could try anyway, check out the criteria for it and see if it applies to her.
    I've found that kids get PIP easily because they system directly supports that they are entitled to it.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,004 Disability Gamechanger
    Kids can’t get PIP unless they are over 16.
  • feirfeir Member Posts: 396 Pioneering
    Sorry, the topic does day DLA as well.
  • AllycrazyhorseAllycrazyhorse Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thanks guys just baffled n been struggling threw out the yrs she is gets the sen care threw school.. She is 13 but isn't l like any other 13 yrold she is behind her age group. I'm grateful 0f all the info as threw out the years I was getting hit from brick wall to brick... Tyxx


  • ZeezeeZeezee Member Posts: 80 Pioneering
    DLA for children is about how much more care a child needs in comparison to another child their age. This includes physical,emotional, physiological. So if you have to for example spend 15 mins explaining something that you would normally spend 2mins explaining to other 13yr olds this does count. DLA is awarded without formal diagnosis. But always fill the forms out based on your daughters worst day in mind. I would also suggest you get help from CAB as claiming anything from DWP can be a minefield and very stressful. Good luck x
  • AllycrazyhorseAllycrazyhorse Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Many thanks... There is so much much more I could write but I would a a4 block file filled on the bad days.. Just wanted to try n find out the jist of it all if you get me.. Thanks guys all information is appreciated xx
  • Liam_AlumniLiam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,113 Pioneering
    Hi @Allycrazyhorse,

    Have you had a look at our advice page on Disabled Living Allowance? DLA can help children who are under 16 and have difficulty walking or need much more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability. It has two parts: care and mobility.

    You can also find out more about DLA and eligibility on the government website.

    I hope this helps!

    Liam
    Liam
  • AllycrazyhorseAllycrazyhorse Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Thank u liam all advice is appreciated I might aswell have a look into it give it a go if I get knocked bk im knocked bk lol its the 1st time Ive been hit of many of a wall lol.. You guys r so helpful on this can't thank you enuffxx
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,004 Disability Gamechanger
    Zeezee said:
    DLA for children is about how much more care a child needs in comparison to another child their age. This includes physical,emotional, physiological. So if you have to for example spend 15 mins explaining something that you would normally spend 2mins explaining to other 13yr olds this does count. DLA is awarded without formal diagnosis. But always fill the forms out based on your daughters worst day in mind. I would also suggest you get help from CAB as claiming anything from DWP can be a minefield and very stressful. Good luck x
    I agree with all of that bar two things:

    1) DLA “can” be awarded without formal diagnosis rather than “is”.

    2) This has been said many times on here  or least by me.

    It is wholly wrong and potentially dangerous advice to suggest a disability benefit claim should be made on the basis of the worst day. It is at best an invitation to infer that the person is always like that and thus a subtle misrepresentation. At worst it is fraud. There have been 2 prosecutions on that basis as far as I am aware. Far better to describe the variations in all their glory as they far better explain the need for attention and or supervision.   
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    With children DLA is wholly about what type of care is needed for your child. So if you have to spend time making sure that your child with a physical impairment has safely crossed the road then include that on the form. There are two parts that make up the benefit- care and mobility. Some disabled children have high rate care and low rate mobility because they have severe mental impairment. Others who are not quite so vulnerable receive low rate care and high rate mobility instead. My son gets middle level care and high rate mobility (he qualified on four out of seven considerations listed). Go into lots of details on the form. Make sure that you answer all of the questions properly too. Include examples to back up your claim. No point being honest. This is when lying comes in handy here. Good luck. Remember to seek help if you need to. 
  • AllycrazyhorseAllycrazyhorse Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Many thanks... Xx
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,004 Disability Gamechanger
    April2018mom said:  ... No point being honest. This is when lying comes in handy here. 
    Seriously!!!
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    No point being honest. This is when lying comes in handy here.
    Is that your philosophy in life? If you can't get what you want by being honest you would lie to get it that way instead?
    I do hope that you don't have any children, I dread to think of what you teach them.
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