Domiciliary Care Allowance - SW127

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  1. What is Domiciliary Care Allowance?
  2. Who may qualify?
  3. When and how do I apply?
  4. How is my claim decided?
  5. Checklist for Domiciliary Care Allowance application
  6. Reviews and Appeals
  7. For more information

Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) is a monthly payment for a child, aged under 16 with a severe(*see note) disability who requires ongoing care and attention, substantially (*see note) over and above the care and attention usually required by a child of the same age.

*Note: The definitions used for terms such as severe or substantial in this qualifying condition are detailed in the DCA Medical Guidelines used by the Department in assessing applications for DCA. For more information, log onto

The payment is not based on the type of disability but on how much extra care and attention the child needs because of it.

Further details of the allowance and the qualifying criteria are available on .

Last modified:09/07/2014