As your child with special needs grows up (it happens faster than you think!) your Domiciliary Care Allowance will stop when they reach 16. Then it’s time to apply for Disability Allowance.

Unlike the Domiciliary Care Allowance, disability allowance is means tested. Your child’s income and capital will be taken into account. If your child has received significant compensation, inheritance or has a large amount of money saved then this will effect their entitlements.

If you believe your 16-year old is unable to manage their own affairs, you can get appointed to receive this payment on their behalf. The payment still belongs to your teenager & you are legally obliged to use the money for their benefit.

Disability Allowance rates from January 2011 is €188 per week. To apply contact your local Social Welfare Office and fill in an application form.