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Contact a Family’s A guide to claiming Disability Living Allowance for children

Newly updated Disability Living Allowance (DLA) guide includes information on how to fill out new DLA form.

Contact a Family’s A guide to claiming Disability Living Allowance for children has been updated to reflect changes in the new DLA form, now being rolled out across the UK.

The guide is packed with information on how to fill out the new form.

http://www.cafamily.org.uk/pdfs/DLA_factsheet.pdf

Other recently revised guides include:
– Disability Living Allowance – claiming the higher rate mobility component for children with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, (online only)
– Preparing for adult life and transition – Scotland
– Special Educational Needs – Wales

Call their freephone helpline to order copies of these and other guides on 0808 808 3555.
Couples claiming Working Tax Credit – great news for carers!

In the recent budget the government agreed to exempt carers from their plans to withdraw working tax credit from families working between 16 and 23 hours. As a result of campaigning by Contact a Family and other organisations, the government agreed that a couple can continue to be eligible for Working Tax Credit, so long as one parent works 16 hours and the their partner is entitled to Carer’s Allowance.

For more information on the Working Tax Credit changes read the article here at this site:

http://www.cafamily.org.uk

Despite good news about Working Tax Credit other benefit changes will still take place in April

Benefit changes that could affect families with disabled children, due to take place in April include:

– scrapping of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) ‘in youth’ for new claimants on 30 April 2012
– reducing backdating of tax credits following a new claim, or a change of circumstances from three months to one month
– the introduction of a new rule which means that if your annual income drops, the first £2,500 of any reduction is not taken into account in calculating your tax credit award.

Call the freephone helpline for advice about benefit changes on 0808 808 3555.
For more information on benefit changes read their article on this site:

http://www.cafamily.org.uk