Benefits for young people with disabilities

You are entitled to benefits from the government if you are disabled. These are to cover the additional costs of living as a disabled person.

The Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax-free benefit available if you need help with personal care or have walking difficulties because you are physically or learning disabled. It is available to all disabled people, not just adults.

If you do start to get DLA, it might increase the amount of other benefits or credits that you’re entitled to. These could include Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. DLA is not normally counted as income when you apply for the other income-related benefits and credits.

It’s always a good idea to speak to your local Jobcentre Plus for advice on how to claim for DLA and all the other benefits mentioned above. They have specialist advisers who are trained to work out exactly which benefits apply to you.

If you are thinking of going to university, you might also be entitled to Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). You apply for this benefit from your Local Authority and it’s designed to cover any extra costs for special equipment or transport, if you are a disabled student.

Find our more by reading the page on Disabled Students Allowances.

Who can help?

You can contact the Benefit Enquiry Line by phone on 0800 882 200 or by textphone on 0800 243 355.

If you are thinking about going to university, talk to your Local Authority about getting Disabled Students Allowance. To contact your LA you can visit www.dfes.gov.uk/studentsupport/students/lea_lea_contact_det.shtml.

You can apply online for Disability Living Allowance through the Government’s DirectGov website at www.direct.gov.uk/DisabledPeople/FinancialSupport/FinancialSupportArticles/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=10011731&chk=j4gVFM.

Find out about the financial help that’s available to young people in education and training and make sure you’re claiming everything you’re entitled to by visiting Directgov – Financial Help for Young People

Living Made Easy is run by the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), a national charity that offers advice, information and training on independent living for people with disabilities, as well as carers.