Welfare Allowance for Children With Disabilities
This allowance is paid to households with children with severe disabilities, and is distributed four times a year. The arrangements for this allowance can be made at the local government office in the area you live in.
What Is Welfare Allowance for Children With Disabilities?
The purpose of this welfare allowance is to help reduce mental and physical burdens of households with children with severe disabilities, as well as to improve the welfare of children with severe disabilities.
Who Is Eligible for the Welfare Allowance for Children With Disabilities?
This welfare allowance applies to those with severe mental or physical disabilities that need daily care, and who are under the age of 20 and living at home. The eligibility is determined by a prescribed medical certificate. Even if you do not have a disability certificate, you may still be considered eligible for the welfare allowance if a severe disability is recognized. It can be provided with the Special Childcare Allowance available through Parent and Child Support Division.
When Is the Welfare Allowance for Children With Disabilities Paid?
It is paid four times a year, in February, May, August, and November, and the payment will cover the allowance money for the past three months. The monthly allowance amount is 15,220 yen.
Are There Restrictions to Receiving the Welfare Allowance for Children With Disabilities?
There are restrictions to receiving this welfare allowance. Those who fall under any of the following are not eligible:
-are in a support facility for those with disabilities or an institution for children with disabilities (except if it is day care only)
-are receiving public pension with disability being the reason for payment
*Note: Short-term admission (short stay) and group homes are eligible for payment
Is There an Income Limit to Receiving the Welfare Allowance for Children With Disabilities?
There is an income limit to receiving this welfare allowance. The allowance will not be paid if income from the previous year for the qualified recipient, their spouse, or their dependent who maintains livelihood of the recipient (parents etc. who live together as specified in the Civil Code), exceeds a certain amount.
Qualified recipient, spouse and the person responsible for support each have a separate income limit.
What Are the Procedures to Receiving the Welfare Allowance for Children With Disabilities?
To apply for this welfare allowance, go to the disability welfare division desk at your local government office.
The following are required to apply:
-Certification invoice and prescribed medical certificate (available at disability benefit section and each support section)
-Handicapped person’s notebook or special education record book (if you have one)
-Something that shows the bank account information in the name of the allowance recipient
What Needs to Be Done to Continue to Receive the Allowance?
A status report as of August 1st of each year needs to be submitted in order to confirm if the recipient is eligible to continue to receive the allowance after August, such as the income of the person concerned, and whether or not the recipient is hospitalized or placed in a facility. Make sure to submit this report so you can continue to receive the allowance after August.