There is a wide range of disability and sickness benefits available. Almost all adults and children with disabilities can get disability benefits.
WHAT IS DISABILITY BENEFIT? The UK Government provides financial help if you are disabled or in poor health.
Claiming disability benefits is your lawful right providing you do not abuse the social security and welfare system.
Disability-related financial support can be help with your housing costs and council tax.
There is extra help for disabled adults through the vehicle tax exemption and Motability Schemes.
This guide also includes a list of concessions and free grants for disabled adults. There is further guidance on tax credits and disability grants for children.
Most of the financial help for disabled person comes from disability and sickness benefits. Thus, the most claimed welfare support for disabled adults includes:
Depending on your circumstances, you might also be able to get:
Financial help for the disabled is also available in vehicle and transport benefits. Those who have a disability can apply for:
You must have the vehicle registered in the name of the disabled person (or nominated driver). The vehicle must only get used for the disabled person's personal needs. A nominated driver cannot used it for their own personal use.
Note: You can only have one vehicle tax exemption at any one time.
You should make the claim for exemption when you apply for vehicle road tax. You need to claim at a Post Office if it is your first time claiming for vehicle tax exemption. You will also need to use the same process any time you change your vehicle.
The eligibility for vehicle tax reduction for disabled persons depends on the PIP benefit. If you receive the PIP standard rate mobility component you should get a 50% reduction in vehicle road tax.
Note: Getting the DLA lower rate mobility component does not qualify for reduced road tax.
Include the following documents when you apply for vehicle tax reduction:
There is no need to send your PIP assessment or any extra medical information with your application form.
What if you recently bought the vehicle and is not yet registered in your name? In this case you should download V62 form and include the V5C/2 new keeper supplement with your application.
Note: Send the filled in documents to: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DZ. You must meet the legal obligations for drivers before driving a vehicle.
The Motability Scheme can help you with leasing a car, an invalid scooter, or a powered wheelchair. But, to qualify you must be getting one of these disability benefits:
Disabled persons do not usually need to pay the VAT on vehicle adaptations to suit your condition. VAT relief for disabled vehicles also applies on the lease of a Motability vehicle. In this case, they would already have made the vehicle adaptations for disabled drivers.
Many local councils operate a taxi scheme or dial-a-ride system for people with disabilities. Often the schemes use tokens or vouchers to operate. Disabled persons may also be eligible to get a Disabled Persons Railcard and a bus pass.
Most disabled people have benefits entitlement to a reduction in their Council Tax bill. As a rule your home must have certain features essential to you living there to qualify for the reduced rate.
An Example: You have an extension built for a downstairs bedroom. That will increase the size of your property and means more Council Tax is due. But, providing the room got built because of your disability, you can get your new higher rate of Council Tax reduced. That means you would pay the same amount as you were before the property extension.
Most disabled persons can claim Income Support benefit if they are:
There are further disability benefits for disabled in the form of a Disability Premium. This extra financial support includes:
As a result, you should then also qualify for a Council Tax Reduction and the Housing Benefit. In some cases you can get extra money towards prescriptions and other health costs.
Being in work and on low pay means you should get Working Tax Credit which can top-up your earnings. You may also get extra credits if someone living in your household is disabled.
Those who are looking for work and receiving income-based Jobseeker's Allowance benefit could also be eligible for disability premiums. You might qualify for an Access to Work grant to help with travel costs or buying special equipment at work.
There is no free TV licence for disabled people per se. But, you will get a 50% TV licence discount if either:
Note: You may need to transfer the licence to their name. Change it if the registered blind person is not the current licence holder for your address.
You can change the TV licence address by contacting the TV Licensing agency.
Telephone: 0300 790 6071
Minicom: 0300 790 6050
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You will need a certificate from your ophthalmologist or from the local authority. The certificate states that you are registered blind or severely sight impaired.
Send a copy of the certificate and your licence renewal notice (if appropriate). Remember to include your name, address, phone number and TV licence number. Post the documents and a cheque or postal order for the licence to this address.
Blind Concession Group
Your disability may mean you qualify for the Industrial Injuries Benefit. In most cases the eligibility criteria means you became disabled as a result of:
You can claim through the Armed Forces Injury Compensation scheme if while serving in the armed forces:
You can also apply to get Constant Attendance Allowance as well. You should qualify if you already get armed forces compensation and need daily care for a disability.
Financial Help for Disabled Person through Disability and Sickness Benefits in the United Kingdom