Financial Support For Service Users And Carers:
There are different forms of financial assistance in the form of regular means tested incomes, non-means tested incomes, charitable grants, etc. It is a minefield to navigate and often it is up to the parent/caregiver or service user to find out what is available. This guide outlines the main forms of financial assistance available and is correct at the time of writing. However there are presently changes being made due to welfare reforms in the UK such as the transition from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payments (PIPS).
Some of the information only applies to certain parts of the UK so it is important that you find out whether the eligibility criteria is different in your area of the UK.
If you are not sure whether you qualify please remember there is no cost in enquiring or making a claim. Each link has contact details for different financial benefits, grants, etc. Making a successful claim for certain benefits can act as a passport for other benefits. For instance if there is a family member in receipt of Disability Living Allowance then this can have an effect upon the amount of tax credit’s a family receive or you may be entitled to a council tax rebate and help with housing rental costs.
There is are many more unclaimed benefits than fraudulent claims (currently just 0.5% of disability benefits which includes DWP errors) which mean that a great many of us are not receiving, or have applied, for what we are legally entitled to.
Information on Benefits:
You can download information on these here:
Child benefit (UK benefit)
Disability Living Allowance (claim - there are some exceptions, eg family members of the Armed Forces or if the child is living or coming from another EEA country or Switzerland)
Personal Independence Payments (claim - there are some exceptions, eg family members of the Armed Forces or if the child is living or coming from another EEA country or Switzerland)
Child Tax Credits (There is a tax credit questionnaire that you can use to check if you qualify)
Working Tax Credits (There is a tax credit questionnaire that you can use to check if you qualify)
Carers Allowance (You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them. Carer’s Allowance is taxable. It can also affect your other benefits)
Council Tax Reduction (England, Scotland, Wales, check with your local council as each area has its own CTR scheme).
Housing Benefit (Housing Benefit can pay for part or all of your rent. How much you get depends on your income and circumstances)
These grants can be accessed by the individual meeting their criteria -feel free to download this information here:
This information has been collected and collated by Christine Hathaway-Coley