In the UK, 5.4 million people are affected by asthma, including 1.1 million children. People with asthma may qualify for assistance via the disability living allowance, a federal program that offers financial assistance to people with disabilities under age 65.
To qualify, the person must be a legal resident of Britain. She must also have an impairment in mobility or is in need of personal care and assistance. A caregiver of a child under the age of 16 may also apply for DLA but must also prove the need for assistance in mobility, care or both.
A person with asthma may show a problem with mobility if walking a short distance makes him tired or breathless. For the care component, an applicant must show that that they need help or supervision for basic self-care, for a child this must be beyond the type of help that is needed for his age group.
DLA is a tax-free program. For those who qualify, there is no means test and they do not need to be part of any national insurance program. An individual or caregiver in any income bracket may apply, and will not be turned away based on income.