The benefits that are relevant to you depend on your age and circumstances. Some are means tested, but many are not although they may depend on National Insurance Contributions for example State Pension.
Check below for the benefits that may apply to your circumstances with means tested benefits in RED , non-means tested benefits that are not dependent on National Insurance contributions in GREEN and non-means tested benefits that are dependent on National Insurance contributions in BLUE .
Child Tax Credit
Statutory Paternity / Maternity / Adoption Pay
Widowed Parent Allowance
Free School Meals / Milk
Universal Infant Free School Meals
Healthy Start Scheme
Employment Support Allowance
Working Tax Credit
Incapacity Benefit (no new claims since 2008)
State Retirement Pension
Statutory Sick Pay
Disability Living Allowance – 0800 121 4600 (no new claims)
Personal Independence Payment – 0800 917 2222
Carers Allowance – 0800 731 0297
Statutory Sick Pay
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
Winter Fuel Payments
Local Emergency Support
Budgeting Advance / Loans
Housing Benefits / Costs
Council Tax Support / Reduction / Exemption
Cold Weather Payments
Health Costs – Prescription, Dental Costs, Eye Tests / Glasses, Travel To Hospital, Wiggs
Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation Grants
Attendance Allowance (AA) – 0800 731 0122
Attendance Allowance is a tax free, non means tested benefit for someone who suffers from an illness/disability and has care and/or supervision needs. To qualify you must be 65yrs or over old when applying and have had a need for at least 6 months and expect to have needs for at least another 6 months. There are special rules for people with a short life expectancy, when the qualifying period does not apply. Attendance Allowance may be awarded at one of two rates;
- 1) Higher rate £92.40– if the need is through the Day and Night
- 2) Lower rate £61.85 – if the need is through the Day or Night
Disability Living Allowance has been replaced by Personal Independence payment. There are no new claims for DLA, however if you were born on or before 8 April 1948 and in receipt of DLA you will continue to receive it (for the length of the award and providing you still meet the qualifying criteria) and it can be upgraded as needs change providing the qualifying period and criteria are met.
PIP is non-means tested and non-taxable benefit and replaced DLA. It is for people who are 16 years or over with a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability that affects their ability to do daily living tasks. It has two parts; Daily Living Component and Mobility Component and can be upgraded as needs change, providing the qualifying period and criteria are met.
A non means tested, taxable benefit payable for those who look after someone receiving a qualifying disability benefit such as Attendance Allowance/DLA Care component at the middle or high rate/ PIP daily living at either rate. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person that you care for but will be aged 16 or over, spend at least 35 hours a week caring and not earn over a set amount per week after deductions. Carers Allowance may affect any means tested benefit that the disabled cared for person receives.
Pension Credit is a means tested, non-taxable benefit for people over the qualifying age, which is in line with the Women’s State retirement age. It is one of the most under claimed benefits as entitlement may vary with a change in circumstances and new entitlement can be overlooked.
It has no savings/capital upper limit, although over £10’000 will be given an assumed income of £1 for every £500 or part of.
Because Council Tax reduction/support/benefit is usually means tested for it to apply as non-means tested support it has to be based on a property or person being exempt. Disregarding a person or providing a discount to a household situation rather than applying a financial assessment to an individual.
One of the more common exemptions is for someone who is moving into a care/nursing home when the property is exempt or for someone living at home with a ‘severe mental impairement’ when the person is exempt.
4 out of 10 older people have unclaimed benefits. Listen to our Podcast to find out why!
These are just a few of the many benefits left unclaimed:
- Funeral Payments
- Council Tax band reduction scheme/Council Tax exemption
- Employment Support Allowance
- Health Related Costs
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
If you are not sure whether you will qualify or would like some help to fill in a form get in touch.
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Put simply, your age. Both are non means tested benefits for people who are living with a disability or illness that means they have care or supervision needs. You can’t claim Attendance Allowance until you are 65 years old and PIP is for people of a working age. If you would like some help to understand your benefit entitlement please get in touch
No, they are both non means tested benefits but for people of different ages and you cannot receive both at the same time. If you are not sure whether you are receiving the right benefits please get in touch
Anything that makes your life easier, Attendance Allowance is not ring fenced and does not have to be spent on paid carers. If you are not sure whether you are receiving the right benefits please get in touch
Attendance Allowance is a non means tested disability related benefit BUT it may passport you onto other benefits. Please get in touch if you would like a full benefit check.
You will have to satisfy certain criteria to qualify for Attendance Allowance. Take a look at our video on how to fill in the form and if you need any more help let us know please get in touch
Whether you are eligible to claim (or receive) Carers Allowance will depend on the benefits your parents receive, how many hours you spend caring and whether you earn a wage and if so how much. Claiming Carers Allowance may affect other benefits your parents receive. Please get in touch for a benefit check to find out whether to claim or not
That will depend on your circumstances. If you are on a low income or have moved in to a care home, use a wheelchair indoors or are living with a severe mental impairment there may be support for you. If you would like a benefit check please get in touch