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Citizen’s Advice Bureau has useful information for families of disabled children on its on-line Advice Guide

Contact a Family has a freephone helpline for advice about appealing Housing Benefit decisions where a disabled child is involved. The number is 0808 808 3555

GOV.UK may offer you some pointers and advice on what you are entilted to and how to find out how to apply for it

Your local Children’s Centre can give you advice on benefits. You need to register with the Children’s Centre to access their services.

Disability Living Allowance is a benefit that is payable by central government to the parents / carers of some children with disabilities.  Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after an eligible child who:

  • is under 16
  • has difficulties walking, and or,
  • needs more looking after than a child of the same age

The DLA rate is between £22 and £141 a week and depends on the level of help the child needs. The child may need an assessment  to work out what help they need. The form for claiming DLA is quite complex and has to be filled out in full. If you need help with it, contact 4us2’s Family Support Officers, who may be able to support you through the prcoess.

Child tax Credits are payments from the government. If you’re responsible for at least one child or young person, you may qualify for Child Tax Credit, and if that child or young person has a disability,the levels of child tax credit are higher. If you work, but are on a low income, you may qualify for Working Tax Credit. You can often get both types of tax credits. They aren’t taxable. Universal Credit will eventually replace these benefits. The Universal Credit programme is being rolled out across the country, but has not yet reached Kent.

Housing Benefit: You could get Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent if you’re on a low income. Housing Benefit can pay for part or all of your rent. How much you get depends on your income and circumstances. You can apply for Housing Benefit whether you’re unemployed or working. You must apply to your local district or Borough council for Housing Benefit.