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Information about benefits and other services

We often hear from people who are unsure whether they're eligible for welfare benefits, or how to go about claiming if they are.

Find out about the benefits you may be entitled to and how to claim them.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

DLA can be given for children under 16 years of age who have a wide range of medical conditions including behavioural and mental health conditions as well as learning disabilities and developmental delay.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

PIP is the main disability benefit for people of working age with a disability. The purpose of PIP is to help with some of the extra costs associated with having an illness, disability or mental health condition.

You can get it on top of Employment and Support Allowance or other benefits. Your income, savings, and whether you’re working or not don't affect your eligibility.

Attendance Allowance

You need to be State Pension age to claim Attendance Allowance. You also need to have a disability or illness that makes it hard for you to look after yourself.

If you can’t work because you’re sick or disabled and you’re employed but you can’t work, you’ll usually get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from your employer for 28 weeks – check if you should get SSP.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You may qualify for Employment and Support Allowance if you have a disability or health condition that affects how much you can work. You can apply if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed.

Universal Credit (UC)

Universal Credit is a benefit you might be able to claim if you’re on a low income or if you have no income. There’s no set level of income where you stop being eligible for Universal Credit - it depends on your situation.

Radar keys

You might be interested to know that you can buy Radar keys from buy Radar keys from Disability Rights UK. A Radar key can unlock over 9,000 public accessible toilets in the UK. At £5.00 these are great value for anyone with IBD or an ostomy, or anyone with a child with any of these.

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