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    • kimp22
    • By kimp22 16th Sep 17, 7:22 PM
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    Dla for child
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    • 16th Sep 17, 7:22 PM
    Dla for child 16th Sep 17 at 7:22 PM
    Hi I claim dla for my son my question is what do you use the money for. I have used some during the holidays for days out and loads of toys and educational stuff.


    Thanks kim
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    • Tigsteroonie
    • By Tigsteroonie 16th Sep 17, 7:25 PM
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    Ours goes into the general household account, and so contributes towards us having a higher-than-average weekly shopping bill. He has specific food, rather than eating alongside us; we still buy wipes etc although we do get nappies provided; he breaks things more often than an average child, not just his own toys but everything else he can get hold of ; our fuel bill is higher because we run him to appointments etc. That general kind of stuff.
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    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 17th Sep 17, 5:11 PM
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    • 17th Sep 17, 5:11 PM
    We're similar to Tigsteroonie - higher gas and electric bills for us as well, because my son has breathing difficulties that are worsened by cold air, so the heating goes on earlier and more frequently. I also have to tumble dry washing as I can't hang it in the house - I love days when I can hang it on the line!

    My son also has feeding difficulties, and finds socialisation hard, so we try to eat out once a fortnight. It's more frequent during school holidays. Breakfast is a good meal for us, as places tend to be less busy. This gives my son the chance to order food (which is difficult with his speech problems, but has done wonders for his confidence!). He is also ever so slightly more likely to try something new. And as he has no idea about money, it helps to reiterate that everything needs to be paid for, although he finds it very difficult to help me to find the right notes and coins - but he still tries!

    Increased fuel for the car also comes from his DLA, as he cannot walk as far as the bus stop without having to stop - and getting on a bus with a wheelchair is more bother than it's worth!

    Although my son is never alone, I bought him a leather wrsit strap, a bit like a bracelet for lads. On it, I had my phone number engraved. It wasn't expensive, but is an example of a one-off item that I feel useful for him. A new bookcase to fit yet more animal books was also a one off item - most children can manage with one bookcase, but my son has a couple downstairs, plus one in his bedroom, and I've just got another for his room but haven't taken it upstairs yet.

    Books and toys, days out, wipes, food that I wouldn't otherwise buy (because of his feeding difficulties) tend to use up the rest. We're lucky that he doesn't tend to break things.
    • kimp22
    • By kimp22 18th Sep 17, 1:58 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 1:58 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 1:58 PM
    Thank you for replying my son gets just over £300 a month and I am saving a £100 a month for bigger things he might need like his genetic drs have told us to get a talking app for the iPad and that's £250 plus if his iPad breaks I will need to get one very soon.
    So could I use some for gas and electricity

    Kim
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 18th Sep 17, 10:39 PM
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    • 18th Sep 17, 10:39 PM
    My son had a talking app on his Ipad called Proloquo2Go. It was quite expensive, but we managed to get some funding locally. Since then, I believe that there are a number of free apps that are similar, so it might be worth looking to see what you can find. Jabtalk is one that I've just found on Google, although it is for android - but that's a lot cheaper than an Ipad.
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