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OMG DLA!

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Catsdontcare Mon 15-Oct-12 14:38:40

Just been awarded middle rate dla for ds (HF ASD). I'm really shocked I didn't think we would get it at all let alone middle rate AND I only sent the form off 3 weeks ago so am shocked it was processed so quickly.

Our finalised statement has also just arrived with all the changes we agreed and extra funding to cover lunch's and playtime.

I am so relieved about both and it is nice to be able to share positive news for once! The Dla also means that we can afford to continue with speech therapy and can start looking into seeing some privately about his gut issues.

siblingrivalry Mon 15-Oct-12 14:40:45

Yay! I always like to hear of things going well smile

UnChartered Mon 15-Oct-12 16:16:41

smile well done, if you work limited hours you could also claim Carers allowance now too

Iceflower Mon 15-Oct-12 16:24:50

Good news, it's also worth informing the tax credits office smile

Catsdontcare Mon 15-Oct-12 16:26:27

Thanks unchartered I was about to ask about carer's allowance as I currently don't work. Will it affect the amount of Dla that ds gets if I claim it though? (We don't claim any other benefits)

Catsdontcare Mon 15-Oct-12 16:27:35

Iceflower: we are no longer entitled to tax credits as dh earns over the threshold does this change if your child gets dla?

perceptionreality Mon 15-Oct-12 16:33:30

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UnChartered Mon 15-Oct-12 16:46:51

nope, your DSs DLA is his and is not means tested - you can earn up to £100 and claim Carer's allowance.

It's not much money (but it's brilliant to have the extra that goes on phone calls, make sure you have a decent phone etc, whatever you need to make YOUR part in caring easier), but you do get Class 1 NI contributions credits in full for the whole time you're entitled.

If you DC gets DLA then yes, also have your tax credits re-assessed too. NOt sure if this affects Carer's allowance though.

Catsdontcare Mon 15-Oct-12 16:54:23

Thanks unchartered have just submitted the carer's allowance form online now I know it won't affect dla. Speech therapy is a 30 mile round trip once a week so and cost £40 a time so any extra money will be very helpful.

I just did the tax credit calculator and it seems to think we will be entitled to about 400 ish a year so I think I will call them and see what they say (god I sound really money grabbing but any extra will be ploughed into getting the best help we can for ds)

Iceflower Mon 15-Oct-12 17:33:38

Here, read this

www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits/start/who-qualifies/children/disabled-child.htm

HTH

Catsdontcare Mon 15-Oct-12 20:19:48

Thanks for the link smile

Gottalovecosta Mon 15-Oct-12 20:51:40

Well done, and wow! 3 weeks! Very fast for DLA! :-)

Jerbil Tue 16-Oct-12 21:32:23

We get HRC. But we are not eligible for tax credits as our income is over the threshold (well it was at the time - need to review as DP is self employed). anyhow.

I rang tax credits when DS1 was awarded DLA and was told because we weren't eligible we also would not qualify for the extra payments. If anyone knows any different please let me know.

Catsdontcare Tue 16-Oct-12 21:35:04

I rang tax credits this morning as as we are over the threshold we do not qualify for anything

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