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Carers and Disability Benefits

This section lists the categories for claiming carer and disability benefits. Check what allowances and tax credits you can claim in the United Kingdom.

CARERS' BENEFITS: Age UK say that millions of pounds in benefits goes unclaimed every year. This is vital money that carers and disabled people can claim.

Do you spend 35 hours or more a week caring for someone who is already claiming welfare support? If so, you could be missing out on your rights to benefits as a carer.

This section will help you understand what financial support you can get. The person you take care of will also get the benefit. Find out what you have entitlement to and see how it can make a significant difference - to both of you!

To simplify the benefit system for carers, there are three main types of benefits. The first is for those who are not in paid employment - called earnings replacement benefits.

There are payments which help to pay for extra costs such as with disabilities or having a child. The third type are tax credits. These top up a low income if you are working (sometimes called means-tested benefits).

Learn more about the Carer's Allowance and the Employment Support Allowance (ESA). There is extra important information about the Disability Living Allowance and PIP.

List of Carer and Disability Benefits

A to Z Rights to Benefits GuideA to Z Benefits Overview

BENEFITS GUIDE: The list of benefits and allowances covers all the categories of social welfare. Check out your rights to financial benefits entitlement in the United Kingdom.


Access to Work GuideAccess to Work Grant

HELP AT WORK: The Access to Work grant provides helpful payments for practical support. It is for people with a health condition, a mental health condition, or a disability.


Become an Appointee for Someone Claiming Benefits GuideAppointees

APPOINTEESHIP RULES: Some people need help claiming their welfare benefits. If you become an appointee for someone it means you have the legal right to act on their behalf.


Attendance Allowance Benefit Scheme GuideAttendance Allowance

ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE: Having Attendance Allowance eligibility means you get the tax-free weekly benefit. It could help pay for your personal care if you are 65 or over with severe mental or physical disabilities.


Benefits Calculators GuideBenefits Calculator

BENEFIT CALCULATORS: A benefits calculator helps you determine how much you can claim. You can also print or download the results from national and local government.


Blind Person's Allowance GuideBlind Person's Allowance

WHAT IS ALLOWANCE FOR BLINDNESS? The Blind Person's Allowance allows 'severely' sighted people to earn more money before they start to pay Income Tax.


Apply for Carer's Allowance Advice GuideCarers' Allowances

CARER'S ALLOWANCE: The UK Carers Allowance is an earnings replacement benefit. Check how much a carer can claim for taking care of someone who needs caring for.

CARERS CREDIT: Caring for someone means you may qualify to claim Carer's Credit rates. It is a weekly Class 3 NI tax credit used to fill gaps in your National Insurance record.

REPORTING CHANGES: Carers must report any changes in circumstances to HMRC. A change could be if you stop being a care person or start a job earning more than the weekly threshold.

CARE AND SUPPORT: The 'Care and Support' system is changing. But, remember you become an employer if you pay someone to care for you.

CARERS UK: Do you need advice or support for yourself or the people you care for? Contact Carers UK online [www.carersuk.org], by email [info@carersuk.org], or by telephone [0808 808 7777].


Coal Health Compensation Claims Advice GuideCoal Health Compensation Claims

MINERS CLAIMS: There is a set procedure to claim compensation for coal workers pneumoconiosis. Find out how to get compensation for health problems caused by mining.


Disability Living Allowance (DLA) GuideDisability Living Allowance

DLA FOR ADULTS: Changes to Disability Living Allowance for adults continue through 2018. The section explains everything you need to know about DLA eligibility and rates.

DLA FOR CHILDREN: A guide explaining how DLA for children works, including the child rates. Extra information covers the eligibility criteria for children with disabilities.


Disability Premiums GuideDisability Premium

HOW TO CLAIM: Find out what Disability Premiums are and how to get the extra payment. Check the list for all current Disability Premium rates in 2018.


Disability Service Centre Information GuideDisability Service Centre

BENEFITS HELPLINE: The section explains how to contact the Disability Service Centre to get help. It became the new helpline after the benefit enquiry line closed.


Disabled Facilities Grant GuideDisabled Facilities Grant

DFG EXPLAINED: Most Local Authorities offer the DFG in England, Wales, and in Northern Ireland. A Disabled Facilities Grant helps cover the cost of making essential improvements to your home.


Disabled Students Allowance GuideDisabled Students Allowance

DSA GUIDE: Higher education students may get extra money through DSAs. Check how to apply for a Disabled Students' Allowance using the DSA1 form.


Employment and Support Allowance GuideEmployment and Support Allowance

ESA: The Employment and Support Allowance is a financial benefit given to those who cannot work. It can give personalised help for those who need special assistance at work.


Financial Help for the Disabled GuideFinancial Help for the Disabled

DISABILITY BENEFITS: The government provide financial help if you are disabled or in poor health. Check out a list of disability and sickness benefits for adults and children with disabilities.


Help if You are Caring a Disabled Child GuideHelp for Disabled Child

DISABLED CHILDREN: Children with disabilities present various challenges. But, some financial concessions are available for people who need help caring for a disabled child.


Incapacity Benefit GuideIncapacity Benefit

INCAPACITY BENEFIT EXPLAINED: Some people call it 'being on sick pay' or 'on the sick'. But in simple terms, the Incapacity Benefit is for those with a disability or a sickness.


Income Support Benefit GuideIncome Support

INCOME SUPPORT: Claimants of Income Support get an extra weekly payment. It is earnings related and helps those who are on low income - or no income at all.


Complain to the Independent Case Examiner GuideIndependent Case Examiner

COMPLAINTS: You can contact the Independent Case Examiner at the Government Office in Merseyside, if your case cannot be resolved.


Independent Living Fund GuideIndependent Living Fund

ILF GUIDE: The Independent Living Fund replacement has closed to new applications. It used to provide funds to help disabled people live an independent life.


Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit GuideIndustrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

IIDB GUIDE: A detailed section explaining everything about Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. The guide includes current IIDB rates, eligibility, and how to claim the payments.


Personal Independence Payment (PIP) GuidePersonal Independence Payments

PIP 2018: The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) helps towards the costs of long-term ill-health. Check the guide for eligibility criteria and current PIP rates.


Reduced Earnings Allowance GuideReduced Earnings Allowance

REA GUIDE: The Reduced Earnings Allowance support benefit is for those who cannot earn their potential. This may be due to an industrial injury or a disorder.


Severe Disablement Allowance GuideSevere Disablement Allowance

SDA GUIDE: UK Government continue phasing out the Severe Disablement Allowance. Check to see if moving from Severe Disablement Allowance to ESA will affect you.


Specialist Employability Support GuideSpecialist Employability Support

SES GUIDE: The Specialist Employability Support programme focuses on special talents and abilities. SES helps people get ready for employment or to journey into self-employment.


Universal Credit GuideUniversal Credit

UC GUIDE: The new Universal Credit benefit system is a single monthly payment. It merges and replaces several benefits or tax credits that you already claim.


Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme GuideVaccine Damage Payment

VDPS GUIDE: The Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme is for disabled vaccine injury patients. Check if you qualify, how much you could get, and how to apply.


What Happens If You Become Disabled GuideWhat Happens If You Become Disabled

DISABLEMENT GUIDE: A section explaining what to do if you become disabled. The information also explains your rights to disability and sickness benefits.


Work Choice GuideWork Choice

DWP WORK CHOICE GUIDE: The Work Choice programme helps disabled people find employment and develop their career. Work Choice specialises in supporting people with disabilities who want to work.


A to Z List of Carers and Disability Benefits in the United Kingdom