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Stay Alert - Control the Virus - Save Lives
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Read more about what you can and cannot do (Links to GOV.UK)
The amount of benefit or credit that you may be entitled to is calculated based on your individual circumstances. Please note that the rules for benefits and tax credits are very complicated and you should seek advice if you are not sure about how the benefit and tax credit rules work. Included are pension and tax credit rates.
Government contact details and venues if you wish to challenge the decision of a First-tier Tribunal.
There are various steps that you must have taken at that tribunal before you can appeal to the Upper Tribunal. These will have been explained by the First-tier Tribunal office in the information sent with the decision notice.
Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment – the main differences
New claims for DLA are ending for everyone over the age of 16 as it is being replaced by PIP.
Here are the main differences - Find out more
Employment and Support Allowance offers you support and financial help, so that you can do appropriate work, if you are able to.
It also gives you access to a specially trained personal adviser and a wide range of further services including employment, training and condition management support, to help you manage and cope with your illness or disability at work.
If you’re ill or disabled, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you financial support if you’re unable to work and gives personalised help so that you can work if you’re able to.
You can apply for help if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed. Find out more
If you're on a low income, whether working or not, Housing Benefit gives financial help to pay your rent. Find out more, including who is eligible and how to claim.
Universal Credit (UL) is replacing Housing Benefit in phases. Find out more
A guide to Universal Credit an allowance for people of working age, whether they are in or out of work and includes disabled people
Your Universal Credit payment is made up of a standard allowance and any extra amounts that apply to you, for example if you:
- have children
- have a disability or health condition which prevents you from working
- need help paying your rent
Universal Credit: What you need to know
Universal Credit: What you need to know
Ideal publication for advisers and those currently claiming benefits themselves
A Guide to the financial support provided by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 from the Department for Work and Pensions. This applies to disabled people even if they have an indefinite or lifetime award. Find out more
PIP replaces DLA and has a Daily Living component and a Mobility component.
The Benefit Cap is part of government welfare reforms that place a limit on the amount of benefit you can get if you're of working age.
A Guide to Cold Weather Payment providing those on low income with help towards heating costs during periods of very cold weather.
Through the Warm Home Discount Scheme, energy companies are able to offer eligible households who may struggle with their energy bills a discount on their winter electricity bill. Find out more
A Guide to the Winter Fuel Payment, a lump sum for heating costs for the elderly and pensioners to help them keep warm in winter.
A guide to prescription charges from April 2019 to 2020 for sick and disabled people in the UK. Information on free prescriptions, claiming a refund, pre-payment certificates and exemption certificates for certain medical conditions. Find out more
A guide to dental charges (1st April 2019 - 2020) and who can get free treatment or a reduction in the cost of NHS dental treatment. Find out more
If you are on low income, the Social Fund can help with funeral payments, maternity grants, crisis loans, budgeting loans, and cold weather payments. Find out more
Eligibility and how to apply for road tax exemption from the DVLA if you are a disabled driver of a vehicle, invalid carriage or mobility scooter and exemptions for vehicles transporting disabled people. Find out more
Having a Blue Badge enables disabled people with severe walking difficulties park near to their destinations and use reserved bays in public car parks. It is a national arrangement giving parking concessions in the UK. Find out more
A guide to parking fee exemptions in European countries (EEC) for disabled people who hold a Blue Badge. Rules when using your European Parking Card known in the UK as the Blue Badge Scheme.
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Replublic of), Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
A guide to your contribution towards the cost of residential care home and nursing home fees. Your local council will work out how much you may have to pay by doing a financial assessment. Find out more
You may need support and care services when you leave hospital even if you are medically well enough to be discharged. Advice and information is given here if you are worried about coping after discharge from hospital. Find out more
Help if you've fallen into debt - resources for advice on debt problems and money issues for disabled people. Find out more
How to report benefit fraud by those falsely claiming, what benefit fraud is and the information you need to report someone of it. Find out more
The Citizens Advice Bureau Service offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice. From its origins in 1939 as an emergency service during World War II, it has evolved into a professional national agency. A Guide to their services and how to find your local bureau. Find out more
Information and advice services throughout the UK for disabled people and carers on all aspects of living with a disability
DIAL groups are Disability Information and Advice Line services (DIALs) run by and for disabled people. Every year, the network of DIALs help around half a million disabled people. Find out more