If you or someone you care for gets help from social services, you can apply for direct payments. Direct payments allow you to choose and buy the services you need, instead of us choosing them for you, and can be given as part of your personal budget.
Benefits from the government
Benefits are there to support you. There are lots of benefits that can help you or your child (depending on their age).
Benefits for under 16 year olds
Child Tax Credit
You may be entitled to additional child tax credit, on top of the money you already receive.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Disability Living Allowance is available to help with any extra costs of looking after a child who:
- is under 16
- has difficulties walking or needs much more looking after than a child of the same age who does not have a disability.
DLA for adults will soon be replaced by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Benefits for over 16 year olds
Access to Work scheme
The government’s Access to Work scheme helps you to get or to stay in work, if you have a physical or mental health condition or disability.
The scheme supports you depending on your needs. You can apply for:
- a grant to help pay for practical support with your work
- advice about managing your mental health at work
- money to pay for communication support at job interviews.
Visit the government website to find out about the Access to Work scheme, or read their easy read guide to the Access to Work scheme.
Disabled Student Allowance
Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) can cover costs for university students who have mental health problems, long term illness or any other disability.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is for available to apply for if you or your young person is over the age of 16. PIP can help with any extra living costs if you have both:
- a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability
- difficulty doing certain everyday tasks or getting around because of your condition.
PIP can be given if you’re working, have savings or are getting most other benefits.
Advice and support
For all benefits you may be entitled to visit the government website.
If you are looking for money advice or support, there are many different charities and services that can help you:
- Citizens Advice Bureau: get advice about money and budgeting
- Mencap: download easy read guides about money and benefits for people with a learning disability
- Seeability: offers an easy read guide to the benefits you may be entitled to
- The Prince's Trust: ask for funding to train and learn
- Turn2Us: support for grants and benefits help.