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For Disabled People, the Elderly and their Carers in the UK

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Focus on Disability is devoted and aimed at providing information, guides, products and resources for the disabled community, elderly and carers in the UK.

Established in 1999 by David Alan Cross this website's aim has remained the same throughout it’s many years.

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April 2013 saw the phasing in of Universal Credit and the Personal Independence Payment replacing certain existing benefits via welfare reforms.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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The proposed Universal Credit benefit rates being introduced from April 2019 to 2020 by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Universal Credit: What you need to know


Universal Credit: What you need to know
Ideal publication for advisers and those currently claiming benefits themselves

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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.

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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.

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A Guide to the 2019 to 2020 Cold Weather Payment providing those on low income with help towards heating costs during periods of very cold weather.

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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 2019 to 2020 Winter Fuel Payment, a lump sum for heating costs for the elderly and pensioners to help them keep warm in winter.

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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.

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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

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