Benefits and other ways of funding the extra costs of being disabled
If you are disabled, you could get disability benefits, grants and advice about money.
Information about benefits
Advice is available from government, charities and voluntary organisations.
Warning Benefits sanctions
Your benefits can be sanctioned if you do not do things in your claimant commitment from 1 July 2020.
The Government has not said how this will affect face-to-face assessments, re-assessments or appeals.
Talk to your work coach if you cannot meet your claimant commitment because you or someone you live with is vulnerable to coronavirus.
Coronavirus and claiming benefits (GOV.UK) Help with care
If you’re aged 16 to 64, you can apply for PIP.
If you were receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as a child you’ll need to re-apply for PIP.
Moving from DLA to PIP
If you have an unpaid carer for more than 35 hours a week, they can apply for Carer’s Allowance.
Your local authority has a duty to provide care at home. But what they provide depends on budgets. Speak to your social services department about what you can get.
Find your local authority (GOV.UK) Help with travel
You can apply to your local authority for a disabled person’s bus pass. A Disabled Persons Railcard gives you up to a third off rail fares.
Disabled Persons Railcard
If you travel for NHS treatment, you can apply for reasonable travel costs.
Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (NHS)
If you have the higher rate mobility for DLA or the enhanced rate mobility for PIP, you can lease a car with Motability. You have to contribute your entire mobility component, but then your only expense running the vehicle is fuel.
The Motability Scheme Help with the home
Your local authority can provide a Disabled Facilities Grant if you need specialist equipment or make changes to your home.
wider doorways and ramps stairlifts and a downstairs bathroom adapting lighting and heating controls specialist equipment for mobility or using the bathroom and kitchen
Some organisations provide grants for items not covered by your local authority or the government.
Grants for housing adaptations Search for grants
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