Children and young adults
If your child has Crohn's or Colitis, this may create all sorts of extra expenses, such as higher heating bills, special diets, taxi fares, laundry, etc. Disability Living Allowance (DLA) can help to meet these, but you can spend DLA on anything you wish, not just the extra expense caused by illness.
This guide is designed to take you step-by-step through the whole process of making a claim for DLA, right from getting a copy of the form through to getting a letter telling you the result of your application.
Please be aware that from Spring 2021, the Scottish government has started to replace DLA with Child Disability Payment. This means that if you live in Scotland, our information on DLA may not be relevant for you. You can find information on Child Disability Payment on Citizens Advice Scotland or Social Security Scotland - Benefits.
If you live in Scotland and your child is under 6, please see Citizens Advice for information on the Scottish Child Payment benefit.
PLEASE NOTE: DLA for children is a benefit and subject to change. This guide is not a full and authoritative statement of the law. The information in this guide is intended as general information only and is not intended to be relied upon by any individual in relation to their specific circumstances. It is not intended as a replacement for appropriate professional advice.