Claiming benefits is currently a bit of a minefield. Below you can find various links which will help you to find out what you are entitled to and how to go about claiming. Here are some important points:
- Remember with PIP, they are not so much interested in what your condition is but how it affects you on a day to day basis.
- Make sure you write about how you are on your worst days.
- Visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau for help in filling out the form or for help with appeals.
- Be aware that if you phone the DWP on their 0345 number, you will be charged. It is not a free number.
- If at first you don’t succeed, appeal!
- The excellent DisabledView Facebook group has a wealth of information and suggestions for people trying to get the benefits they are entitled to or struggling with appeals.
Benefits and Grants
A to Z of benefits provided by the Government website.
Factsheets and Guides provided by Disabled Rights UK website.
How to win a PIP appeal provided by Advice Now website.
List of charities giving grants to people with long term disabilities and chronic health conditions provided by Community Care website.
Personal Independence Payment PIP Government information
Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.
You are disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. Here are some useful links about what that means in practice.
You may find that you need some help with things like walking, house work, bathing etc. In the first instance, speak to your doctor about any problems you are having. Your doctor will be able to refer you to an Occupational Therapist who will assess you and your home to see what you need. Your physiotherapist can help you in regards to choosing walking aids such as sticks. Several charities offer wheelchair rental, such as the Red Cross, should you want a wheelchair just for a day out or a short period of time. There are many stores both online and on your High Street that sell various gadgets and devices to make your life easier.
Blue Badge Scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you are disabled.
CEA Card is a national card scheme developed by UK cinemas. The card entitles you to one free cinema ticket for the person accompanying the card holder and approx. 90% of cinemas will accept the card. You can search on their website to see if it available in your area.
DisabledGo provides a website that has detailed disability access information to thousands of venues across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, including shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels, universities, hospitals and more.
Disabled Persons Railcard allows you and a friend 1/3 off rail fares. Check out your Tescos points before you apply because you can at present use points towards the cost of the card.