Updated 17th April 2017
There are several ways that disabled persons can be assisted by way of benefits. The main ones are listed below. DLA and Attendance Allowance are tax free payments, and do not take into account any savings or other incomes that you my have.
Medical examination - or simply an assessment may be required - depending upon the nature of the claim.
Disability can be either of a physical or mental illness nature, and simply takes into account the affects that such disabilities can have.
It is possible therefore for two entirely different persons - one with mental problems and the other with physical problems to be claiming the same basic level of benefits payment.
The assessment is based upon what the person can or cannot do for themselves in a 'normal' manner.
Vaccination Damage Payment Benefit - Severely disabled persons who suffered damage as a result of a vaccination against range of disease.
Employment Support Allowance - ESA - is a benefit which assesses the ability to work, and helps those that can, get back into work.
There is a wide range of Benefits for Disabled Persons who cannot work.
Blind Persons Allowance - An allowance to be set against either your own tax code, or if you do not pay tax, against you partner's tax code.
Disability Living Allowance - DLA is no longer available to new claimants between the ages of 16 - 64. It has been replaced by the new PIP outlined below - for those with disabling conditions - ranging from not being able to walk, through needing occasional help, and more severely, those needing permanent help or assistance for everyday tasks. It is only available as a new claim, if you are claiming for a child aged 16 years or younger. DLA for Children
PIP is one of a string of new benefits that have either been introduced or are in the process of being introduced - rolling out - in many parts of the UK. It is part of the process of the current government's attempt at getting as many people back to work as possible. Personal Independence Payment purports to help those who are of working age - ie 16 years to the state retirement age.
Attendance Allowance is paid at two different rates - dependent upon your own particular care or supervision needs.
There is a lower rate and a higher rate of Attendance Allowance. Your specific needs will be taken into account when deciding which level you should be eligible for. Assessment and or examination may be required in some cases.
March 9th 2017
***Child 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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