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If you have a disability

If you have a disability there may be benefits you can apply for. Everyone is considered individually so you would need to check out your own situation and whether you can apply for any of the benefits listed below. 

The details here are only brief so check the facts at your local Jobcentre Plus or visit the Gov.UK website.

Disability Living Allowance

This is paid to anyone who needs help to look after themselves (care) or help to get around (mobility). It is paid whatever your situation; whether you are working, at school or college or not able to work. Depending on your own situation you may get both or only one of the benefits.

There are lots of forms to fill in to make a claim for this benefit so ask for help if you need it.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

If you have an illness or disability and are not working you can claim this benefit. After an assessment you will be placed in either:

  • a work-related activity group where you will be given support and help to find employment
  • a support group - if your illness or disability will prevent you from working   

For more information about ESA visit the ESA page on gov.uk

Housing Benefit

If you have to pay for rent or lodgings you may be able to make a claim for housing benefit. This is to help people on low incomes or benefits to pay their housing costs.

To make a claim contact your local council. You do not have to be on any other benefits to claim this.

Council Tax Benefit

If you have to pay council tax and are on a low income or benefits you can claim for council tax benefit. You do not have to be receiving any other benefits to make a claim for this.

To make a claim contact your local council.

If you are at work and need special equipment

If you need adaptations to your workplace to help you cope with work you may be able to get help from your adviser at Jobcentre Plus.  

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