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.
Advice and support
If you are looking for money advice or support, you should be able to ask your college or post 16 educational setting. This information should be provided when talking about your future employment options.
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
- The Prince's Trust: ask for funding to train and learn
- Turn2Us: support for grants and benefits help.
Support from the government is also available as you start to work through the Access to Work scheme. Visit the government website to find out 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.