The following list highlights just a few of the many benefits/issues our Welfare Rights Team can offer advice and help with.
Attendance Allowance is payable on top of any other benefit or income if you are 65 and over and need attention and/or have supervision needs throughout the day and/or throughout the night or qualify under the special rules for the terminally ill. This Allowance is not means-tested. An award of this Allowance may passport the recipient to eligibility for other benefits.
Personal Independence Payments (PIP) (replaced Disability Living Allowance from April 2013) are payable on top of any other benefit or income. PIP is not means-tested
There are two components to PIP;
Daily Living Component takes into consideration the amount of help the claimant needs to complete daily tasks such as;
- preparing food
- taking nutrition
- managing therapy or monitoring a health condition
- washing and bathing
- managing toilet needs or incontinence
- dressing and undressing
- communicating verbally
- reading and understanding signs, symbols and words
- engaging with other people face to face
- making budgeting decisions
Mobility Component takes into consideration the amount of help the claimant needs to:
- plan and follow a journey
- move around
Eligibility is dependent upon the claimant’s ability to carry out the above activities safely and repeatedly. Aids and adaptations ‘normally worn or used’ or those which a claimant could reasonably be expected to wear or use are taken into account.
There are special rules for terminally ill claimants.
Personal Independence Payments are not means-tested. An award of this Allowance may passport the recipient to eligibility for other benefits.
An award of the enhanced rate of PIP Mobility component qualifies the claimant to Road Tax Exemption.
Carers Allowance If you are caring for someone who is receiving Attendance Allowance or the Care Component of Disability Living Allowance at the middle or higher rate or Daily Living Component of Personal Independence Payments (either rate) you may qualify for Carer’s Allowance, there are certain qualifying criteria, please check with our Welfare Rights Team.
Employment & Support Allowance For people of working age who are unable to work due to illness or a disability. There are certain qualifying criteria, please check with our Welfare Rights Team.
Income Support If you are under pension age and have caring responsibilities it may be possible to claim. Please check eligibility with our Welfare Rights Team.
Industrial Injuries Compensation/Disablement Benefit For employees who have become ill or disabled as a result of a prescribed industrial disease or an accident at work.
Please speak to our Welfare Rights Team.
Pension Credit is a means-tested benefit consisting of two parts. The qualifying age of both men and women, is linked to the state pension age for women, which is gradually being increased
• Guarantee Credit – In line with women’s state pension age.
• Savings Credit – For people aged 65 or over (if you reach State Pension age on or after 6th April 2016 Savings Credit can no longer be claimed)
Please contact our Welfare Rights Team to discuss eligibility.
Tax Credits – Child Tax Credit is a means-tested payment to support families with children. You do not have to be working to claim.
Working Tax Credit is a means-tested payment to top up the earnings of working people on low income, including those who do not have children.
If you become ill you may continue to be treated as being in paid work for 28 weeks and you should therefore check your entitlement to Working Tax Credit.