Domiciliary Care Allowance
Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) is a monthly payment for a child aged under 16 with a severe disability, who requires ongoing care and attention, substantially over and above the care and attention usually required by a child of the same age. It is not means tested. If Domiciliary Care Allowance is not granted then other benefits such as Carer Allowance are automatically refused.
We are fortunate to have Financial Wellbeing founder, Allan Cuthbert, on board as one of our centre’s expert panelists and he explains this payment as “a monthly payment for the benefit of your child. It is not means tested. I have nicknamed this ‘the gate opener’ because when you are in receipt of this allowance then other entitlements are made available to you and your child.
The official line from the department on eligibility for Domiciliary Care Allowance is that it is based primarily on the resulting lack of function of body or mind demanding a degree of extra care and attention.”