Budgeting Loans are available through the Department for Work and Pensions to help claimants who have been on an income-related benefit for at least 26 weeks. The loans help cover the costs of essential items for which it is difficult to budget.
Short-term advances are intended for those in financial need because of a delay in dealing with a claim or making payment of a benefit aware.
You may be entitled to tax relief when buying certain items that are intended exclusively and specifically for the use of disabled people, such as a wheelchair or adapted computer keyboard. Most dealers of disability equipment can advise on this or you can contact the Customs and Excise VAT team.