My D is under the Pediatrics and we have been advised to apply for DLA, which we have just completed. But I am some what confused as when I spoke to tax credits regarding this they said I only need to inform them if it is Attendance allowance? but I do not know what that is nor was it in the DLA pack?
So my question is do I need to notify tax credits if we were to be awarded DLA??
If you qualify for DLA, then you will receive the Disability Rate on your Childrens Tax Credits. Tax Credits cannot do anything until you hear if you have been awarded DLA. If you are awarded DLA, you can have the Disability Rate on your Tax Credits backdated to when you submitted the DLA Pack.
Its a very confusing minefield, I had an appointment with the CAB to help me, as I have never been through this before. The CAB advised that if you qualify for DLA, you can then apply for Carers Allowance. It was all rather too much info for me to take on board, so I applied just for DLA to begin with.
Its probably best to take one step at a time. Wait and see if DLA is awarded, then progress from there.
Attendance Allowance? What is that? Like I say, I am completely naive in the benefits dept
DLA (Disability Living Allowance) is available for care and mobility at different rates based on individual circumstances (2 elements) and can be claimed for someone up to the age of 65, if they are 65 or over they can claim Attendance Allowance (AA)which is there at higher or lower rate depending on how much care they need (during the day or during the day AND night etc) and is essentially paid to help them pay for any extra help/care they may need because of their disability. So effectively you can never claim both, but they are there pretty much for the same purpose.