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Claiming Benefits

You can find out about benefits, grants and allowances that are available, depending on your needs and your circumstances, and how to apply for them by visiting the Gov.UK website.  There is also general information about benefits and financial support available on this site.

From the 8th April 2013 - the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being replaced by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people aged 16 - 64 years of age who have a health condition or disability.  Most people who currently receive DLA will not be affected by the change until 2015 or later. 

The Motability Schemeis available to meet the costs of having a car, powered wheelchair or scooter through contract hire, leased car or hire purchase agreement.  The link will take you to a page explaining how the scheme works and how to check whether you are eligible for help. 

TheFamily Fundis a charity supporting low-income families who are caring for a severely disabled child under the age of 17. 

Income Support is extra money that you may be able to get if:

  • you are working less than 16 hours a week
  • have no income or a low income
  • have not signed on as unemployed.

Jobseeker's Allowanceis at least £56.80 a week and is to help you while you look for work.

Employment and Support Allowance can offer financial support if you are unable to work or personalised help so that you can work it you are able to.

Housing and council tax benefits

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit are provided by the Council.

Grants for heating and home insulation

If you receive certain benefits you may be eligible for a Warm Front grant. Find out if you qualify. For more information visit the Warm Front Website

Carers' Benefits Information 

If you spend at least 35 hours a week looking after someone you may be able to get a social security benefit as a full-time carer. You do not have to be living with the person you are caring for. For more information please visit the section on Carers and disability benefits.

Next Steps

Further Information and Advice