Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit for disabled children. It is there to help meet some of the extra costs of having a disabled child.
Families describe getting DLa as life-changing. However, take up is low and millions go unclaimed.
New evidence from the Counting the Costs campaign finds the main reasons why families are not making a claim for DLA are often linked to misconceptions about DLA eligibility.
- 44% think their child's disability wouldn't count
- 24% think they need a diagnosis for their child.
- 18% feel uneasy claiming benefits for their disabled child.
- 13% were told by someone their child wouldn't be eligible.
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