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Care Component of Disability Living Allowance

For people who need help with personal care. Children only receive the care component if they are 3 months old or over.

The lower rate is:

  • for people who need help during a significant part of the day (but less help than for the middle rate)
  • for people over the age of 16 who need help to prepare a cooked main meal
  • for children under 16 who need some help during the day

The middle rate is:

  • for people who need frequent help during the day
  • prolonged or repeated help during the night
  • for children under 16 who need help during the day
  • for children under 16 who need help during the night

The higher rate is:

  • for people who satisfy one of the middle rate day conditions and one of the middle rate night conditions
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