Finding The Right Information & Support
Below is some general advice to help you and the person who you are caring for to get the right information and advice.
- Nobody has an obligation to tell you what you’re entitled to claim – make sure you seek independent advice.
- People of all ages can be entitled to benefits, even children, so make sure you mention them in any benefits discussions.
- Benefit rules continually change, as may your personal circumstances – you should seek regular assessments of your benefit entitlements. The following link is a good starting point: CAB’s benefits advice guide (England).
- Each benefit brings its own rules, regulations and potential pitfalls. Some are means tested so entitlement depends on your savings/capital; some are available to all and others aren’t; some depend on previous years’ National Insurance Contributions; some depend on you being ill or disabled; some depend on your age; some depend on your earnings; others depend on you having children
- There are often many hidden extras available when you claim certain benefits. These extras could be available in your area and save you money – on things like bus passes, taxi cards, school dinners, school clothing grants, and council tax reductions.
- If a family member is turned down for disability benefits such as Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance, it’s not necessarily the end of the matter and you can get specialised advice to appeal against such decisions.
- As you can see, all the options are complicated so make sure you get help and advice, as everyone’s circumstances are different.