There are a range of benefits available for individuals not in work, on low incomes and/or with a health or disability need.
For full information about benefits, including the eligibility criteria
Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. You may be able to receive it if you’re on a low income, out of work or you cannot work.
For more information about Universal Credit - www.gov.uk/universal-credit
You can apply for Universal Credit online using the following link - www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Employment and Support Allowance is a payment to help with living costs if you’re unable to work and/or support to get back into work if you can.
You can apply if you are employed, self-employed or unemployed.
You may be eligible to receive Universal Credit at the same time or instead of ‘new style ESA’. For full information on eligibility criteria and to make a claim - www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance/how-to-claim
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Personal Independence Payments (PIP) can help with extra living costs if you have both a long term physical or mental health condition or disability and difficulty doing certain everyday tasks or getting around because of your condition.
You can apply for PIP even if you are employed, have savings or are receiving most other types of benefits.
For more information and to apply - www.gov.uk/pip/how-to-claim
If you are a carer, you may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance. You do not need to be related to or live with the person that you care for to be eligible.
For more information about Carer’s Allowance – www.gov.uk/carers-allowance
Healthcare & Disability Support
Patients often need to pay towards healthcare costs however there are some patients that are eligible for help with these costs either because they are in receipt of certain benefits or because they are on a low income.
If you are eligible, you may be entitled to help with costs for:
- Dental care
- Wigs and fabric support
- Travel costs
For more information about the schemes available - www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/money-work-and-benefits/