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Benefits and finance for children and young people with SEND

Support for Children under the Age of 16 

Type of support 

What and who is the funding for? 

Find out more and apply 

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) 

This funding is for those looking after a child under 16 that: 

  • has difficulty walking
  • needs much more looking after than a child of the same age who does not have a disability 

Find out more and apply for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children. 

Child Tax Credits 

Claims for Child Tax Credit can only be claimed if you get the severe disability premium

Child tax credit has been replaced by Universal Credit

Find out more about Child Tax Credit 

Child Benefit 

You normally qualify for Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16. 

Find out more about child benefit 

Personal Budget 

A Personal Budget is an amount of money to help children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities.

Find out more about personal budgets

A range of childcare funding is also available. Find out more on our childcare page.

 

Support for Young People 16 and Over 

Type of support 

What and who is the funding for? 

Find out more and apply 

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) 

This funding is for those aged 16 or over that have a health condition or disability where you: 

  • have had difficulties with daily living or getting around (or both) for 3 months 
  • expect these difficulties to continue for at least 9 months (unless you’re terminally ill with less than 6 months to live) 

Find out more about Personal Independence Payment (PIP). 

Employment & Support allowance 

You may get Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) if your illness or disability affects your ability to work.  

Find out more about Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) 

Working Tax Credit 

Working Tax credit has been replaced by universal credit.  

You Can still make a new claim for Working Tax Credit if you get the Severe Disability Premium. 

Find out more about Working Tax Credit 

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) 

This is available to higher education students with a disability. 

Find out more and apply 

Student Finance 

Student Finance lets you borrow money to help pay for University or college. Some students can get a grant if they are disabled. 

Find out how to apply for student finance and what you are eligible for 

Access to work 

This grant is for people with a disability, health or mental health condition. It can help support you to: 

  • Start working 
  • Stay in work  
  • Move into self-employment or start a business 

Find out more about Access to Work grant 

Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) 

There are 3 different type of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), which types you can get depends on your circumstances. 

Find out more about Job Seeker’s Allowance  

Housing benefit 

Housing Benefit to help you pay rent has been replaced by Universal Credit. You can only make a new claim for Housing Benefit if you’re getting the Severe disability premium or were entitled to it within the last month. 

Find out more about Housing Benefit 

Personal Budget 

A Personal Budget is an amount of money to help children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities.

Find out more about personal budgets

Childcare funding 

There are many funding schemes available to help towards the cost of childcare. You could be eligible for support for children up to 17 years.

Find out about childcare funding

Other Benefits and Funds 

Type of support 

What and who is the funding for? 

Find out more and apply 

Carers Allowance 

This funding is for a person who cares for someone who is disabled that receives: 

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) 
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) 
  • Or another eligible benefit 

Carers must be eligible too. 

Find out more about Carers Allowance 

Vehicles and Transport 

  • Blue Badge Parking Scheme 
  • Vehicle Tax Exemption 
  • Vehicle Tax reduction 
  • Motability 
  • VAT Relief for vehicles 
  • Community and public transport 

Find out more at gov.uk 

Home and Housing 

  • Direct Payments 
  • Disabled Facilities Grant 
  • Council Tax Disabled Band Reduction 
  • Housing Benefit/Universal Credit 

Find out more at gov.uk 

Television License Discount 

You can get 50% off the cost of your TV licence if either  

  • You’re registered blind or severely sight impaired  
  • You live with someone who is registered blind or severely sight impaired 

Find out more at gov.uk 

VAT Relief for disabled people 

If you’re disabled, you will not be charged VAT on products designed or adapted for your own personal or domestic use.  

Find out more at gov.uk 

Discretionary Housing Payments 

These payments support customers who are unable to cover their housing costs through regular housing supports.? 

See how to claim discretionary housing payments 

Council Tax Disabled Band Reduction Scheme 

You may be entitled to a reduction in your council tax bill if your home has certain features that are essential to you living there. 

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