Benefits for people with long-term ill health or a disability
You might be able to claim benefits if you have difficulty with everyday tasks or getting around, you can't work because you're sick or disabled or you're on a low income or you have no income at all.
If you have difficulty with everyday tasks or getting around, can't work or on low income or no income
Citizens Advice has information and advice on what you might be entitled to, such as:
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA) if you're under 16
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) if you're 16 or over and haven't reached State Pension age
- Attendance Allowance if you've reached State Pension age
- Carer's Allowance - if someone looks after you
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) - if your not able to obtain Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
- Universal Credit - if you are on a low income or have no income
- Check how Universal Credit works for people who are sick or disabled - if you can't work, you should get a 'fit note' from your GP and send this with your claim form
- Pension Credit - if you've reached State Pension age
- Council Tax Reduction - if you pay Council Tax
Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - if you're looking for work
Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
You may be entitled to Personal Independent Payment (PIP), which is managed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
PIP can help you with some of the extra costs if you have a long term ill-health or disability.
If you are aged 16 - 64 you could get between £23.60 and £151.40 per week. The amount you get depends on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself.