Higher Rate Mobility Component (HRMC) of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) can be awarded when a disabled person turns three years old. Applications can be submitted prior to this date as long as the eligibility criteria are met, and the award will start on their third birthday. Although the allowance has been confirmed, applications can only be made up to three months prior to the third birthday and the agreement cannot start until the allowance is awarded.
Children over the age of three in possession of the Higher Rate Mobility Allowance can apply to join the Motability Scheme. The application needs to be made by the appointee (parent or guardian) who is responsible for the child.
Children who remain in eligibility criteria can receive HRMC until they reach the age of 16. The DWP have no plans to introduce PIP for those under 16.