Stop the DLA takeaway

THE Children’s Trust and family support charity Contact a Family would like to hear from parents and carers of children who spend long periods in hospital. We're asking families to fill out a short survey which could provide vital information to strengthen our Stop the DLA Takeaway campaign. Click here to take part in the survey The Stop the DLA Takeaway campaign, launched in 2010, calls for a change in the rule that means disabled children who spend long periods in hospital can have their Disability Living Allowance (DLA) suspended.
A doctor examines an X-ray as a child lies asleep
Current regulations mean DLA is removed from a child if their hospital stay is over 84 days. The days do not have to be consecutive so hundreds of severely disabled and sick children, who are regularly in and out of hospital, can be affected. The Government argues that when a child spends longer than 84 days in hospital "a patient's needs are fully met free of charge". However, Contact a Family and The Children’s Trust hear from families that they provide the same or more care when their child is in hospital and incur extra costs such as loss of earnings, travel to and from hospital, parking and childcare expenses. If you are the parent or carer of a child who has spent a long time in hospital please complete our short survey. It will only take a few minutes! This information could help The Children's Trust and Contact a Family strengthen our call for the Government to scrap the rules that deny some of the UK’s most severely disabled children financial help when they need it most.
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