Stop the DLA takeaway in hospital

Why we're campaigning

We want the rules scrapped that mean Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payments are stopped when a child is in hospital for more than 84 days.

The government justifies stopping DLA when a child spends a long time in hospital by arguing that a child's needs are fully met free of charge by the NHS. 

However, our research [PDF] shows that without a parents' input, a child's needs are not fully met in hospital and the extra costs continue. That's why we think these rules deny families financial help when they need it most.

What we're doing 

Until the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) formally responds to the Mathieson judgement, we've put together a template review letter for parents to use [docx] in asking for their child's DLA payments to be re-instated while they are in hospital. We have also produced a short guide to completing the review letter [docx].

What you can do