UK Social Security and other Benefits starting with D
Department of Work and Pensions - DWP - The
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is the largest of the
Benefits agencies, and deals with most matters relating to
welfare, pensions and child maintenance payments and
policies. These include the State Pension and all its
intricacies, Working Age benefits such as JSA etc, and
health and disability matters.
A summary of the Benefits available for Disability or severe
sickness. The range of benefits available for any form of
sickness or disablement are changing all the time.
Disability Living Allowance - DLA - This benefit is now
no longer available for new claimants -
unless claiming for child under 16 years. If you are over
the age of 16 years then you must claim for PIP - Personal
Independence Payment - instead.
Disability and VAT Reduction. Many items and services
that normally attract VAT, can be provided with NO VAT at a
saving of around £1.65 in every £10.00.
- Disability Allowance
for Children - DLA -
Disability Living Allowance is available for children under the
age of 16 years, who have difficulties with every day activities
which can be carried out by same age children without the same
- Disability Allowance
- for Children - is made up of two separate parts - or components as
they are now called - these being the Care component and the
Mobility Component. They range from 21 - 56 per week .
- Disability Premiums -
- The Disability Premium is an extra payment you could receive if
you are receiving
Income Support and are disabled.
- Disabled Facilities
- Grants are available from your local council if you are disabled
and need or want to change part of your home to make it more
Allowance – DSA
- A student in higher education can claim an allowance if long term
illness or disability affects ability to learn.
Discretionary Housing Payments
- Discretionary Housing Payments are for those suffering financial
hardship. They are made from a different fund to the Housing Benefit
Fund and are not part of the Housing Benefits scheme. Apply to the
same department though.
- Death Benefits -
There are a wide range of benefits payable relating to a persons
death. These include funeral expenses, and many more such as
- Domestic Renewable Heat
- It is possible to receive payments if you use renewable energy
sources in your home!
- Debt and Benefits
- Help paying bills with benefits. Whilst there are no 'direct'
benfits to help you pay off outstanding debt, there is help
available from the
Money Advice Service - run by the government and very helpful -
Not part of this website.
- Diffuse Mesothelioma
Payments - If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos
related disease, you will need to claim within 12 months of being
March 9th 2017
Tax Credit - From April this year the ‘family
element’ of £545 per year will be abolished.***
March 8th 2017
**MPs are calling for a halt to the accelerating
roll-out of Universal Credit
as the ongoing problems are causing undue and unnecessary hardship**
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