NHS fees and exemptions

If you are on a low income you may be able to get help with healthcare costs: free prescriptions help with fares to hospital help with paying for glasses help with paying dentist’s fees help with the cost of wigs and fabric supports All children under 16, or under 19 and in full time education, […]

Blue Badge News

The Government has clarified the blue badge criteria. Many of our members who previously received automatic entitlement to a blue badge (because they were awarded DLA mobility under the SMI criteria), no longer qualified for it once they moved to PIP because there is no criteria for behavioural issues. The requirement (for automatic blue badge) […]

Government publish Universal Credit update

The Government have published updated information about Universal Credit (UC) and who can claim it. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-and-you Universal credit will eventually replace current means-tested benefits such as income related ESA & JSA,  Housing benefit, Child Tax Credit, Income support and Working Tax Credit. If you are currently in receipt of any of these benefits, you do […]

Blue badge consultation – have your say

The Government is looking at the way the Blue Badge scheme currently works for people with non-physical disabilities. For those receiving higher rate DLA mobility component, there is an automatic entitlement to the Blue Badge. Unfortunately this isn’t the case with Personal Independence payment if you live in England or Northern Ireland. You may find […]

ESA Benefits News

For those moved over from incapacity benefit to contribution based ESA between 2011-2014.  The DWP have published their written statement about ESA. Many of you will already be receiving income related ESA, some may be receiving contribution based ESA because you are better off on this, (you have savings of over £16,000 which would exclude […]

ESA and UC changes: fewer assessments for our members?

You may remember that some-time ago there was some talk of changes being made to the assessment process for people with severe disabilities. On 10 October 2016 Damian Green, who was the Work and Pensions Secretary at that time, issued a statement announcing that only those “who have already been placed in the Employment and […]

Benefits news – March 2017

By Helen Wild, a Benefits/Welfare Helpline Adviser, Information Team ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) : work related activity component ends for new claimants from 4 April 2017 If your daughter/son claims ESA, you will be aware that it is made up of components including: Work related activity component Support component The majority of our members are […]