Over the last few months, I have been researching welfare benefits entitlements in the UK. (You can see all my earlier posts by clicking on “Welfare Benefits” in the TAG CLOUD).
This is the second section which covers the disability benefits.
This benefit is paid to people who have a degree of disability. It is means tested and there is a daytime and higher night-time allowance. Only a few people in the group get this allowance. Quite possibly people who do receive it may not be able to get out and about easily and therefore don’t attend the group. This is a valuable allowance, but you may need expert help to claim it!
This benefit is also means tested but it is perhaps surprising that a few more people don’t receive it.
I’m not sure if you can get both Attendance Allowance and Carer’s Allowance. The majority of carers, particularly relatives, provide assistance for free.
I think Carer’s Allowance is very under-claimed?
This is only awarded to people who are disabled before they reach pensionable age. It can’t be claimed by people who are pensioners.
It has now been superseded by Personal Independence Payments for new applicants.
These are means tested benefits, which are adminstered by DHSS.
PIP was introduced in 2013 to replace DLA. It actually only applies to people between the ages of 16 and 64. Therefore it is not applicable to pensioners. It’s introduction has been controversial and confusing, 60% of the reviews that cut this benefit have been overturned on appeal.
FOOTNOTE – Please note, I hasten to add that I am no expert and anyone reading this should not take my observations or figures as fact. Hopefully before I finish this series of blogs, I will have raised awareness of some of the issues in the welfare benefits system. If you’re intending to make a claim, you should go to one of the trusted agencies like Age UK or Citizens Advice Bureau.