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Benefits

Introduction

Benefits are essential to the welfare of many people, it is therefore important you take up your full entitlement. The majority of benefits are overseen by the Government, through the Department for Work and Pensions. The main exception is payment for people who are eligible for help with housing costs, which are organised by the Council.

If you have an assessment of your needs, one of the things we will ask you about is your finances.

Whilst benefits are not available through the council we are able to inform you of the main benefits relevant to care and support which are included in this section.

Read more on the wider range of benefits and grants.

People with a disability

Blind Person's Allowance (BPA) - for people who are certified blind and are on our register of blind persons.

Disabled Facilities Grants - a local council grant to help towards the cost of adapting your home if the council considers that changes are necessary to meet your needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical. Read more information.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - is a tax-free benefit for children and adults who need help with personal care or have walking difficulties because they are physically or mentally disabled.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) - has now replaced Incapacity Benefit. It is for new claimants who may not be able to work due to an illness or disability.

Income Support - for people who cannot be available for full-time work and do not have enough money to live on. Whether you qualify or not and how much you get depends on your circumstances.

Support to employment for people with a disability:

There is a wide range of financial support available for people with a disability, which includes benefits, tax credits, payments, grants and concessions.

For details of the main disability and sickness benefits, along with information on vehicles and transport, home and housing and VAT relief on certain goods and services, go to the gov.uk website.

If you have a disability and you need support in finding employment, you can find more information here.

The Jobcentre employs Disability Employment Advisors to help guide you through the process.

DASH Transitions project: 

If you are aged between 16 and 25 years old, with a disability, DASH will be able to support you with the following:

  • Advice for the young person and/or family
  • Help to fill in forms relating to benefits
  • To attend appointments relating to benefits
  • Promotion of independent living skills Attending GP, dental and eye test appointments
  • Guidance to attend local community groups in Hillingdon

Carers

Attendance Allowance - a tax-free benefit for people aged 65 or over who need help with personal care because they are physically or mentally disabled.

Carer's Allowance - a taxable benefit to help people who look after someone who is disabled. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person that you care for.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - Read further information.

Housing and living

Council Tax Reduction - if you need financial help to pay your Council Tax bill. You may be entitled to the council tax reduction scheme or a second adult rebate if you share your home with another adult - not your partner or civil partner - if they are not able to pay towards the council tax.

Disabled Facilities Grants - a local council grant to help towards the cost of adapting your home if the council considers that changes are necessary to meet your needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical. Read more about Disabled Facilities Grants.

Housing Benefit - if you are on a low income and need financial help to pay all or part of your rent. 

Winter Fuel Payment - one-off payments to help people of 60 or over with their winter heating bills.

Pensioners

Attendance Allowance - a tax-free benefit for people aged 65 or over who need help with personal care because they are physically or mentally disabled.

Disabled Facilities Grants - a local council grant to help towards the cost of adapting your home if the council considers that changes are necessary to meet your needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical. Read more about Disabled Facilities Grants.

Pension Credit - there are two different types of pension credit. Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit. You may get the Savings Credit on its own or with the Guarantee Credit.

Useful contacts

For more information and support the following organisations may be able to help:

Hayes One Stop Shop provides local access to council services

Adviceguide (Citizens Advice) - for information about benefits and debt.

Hillingdon Citizens Advice for information and support in claiming benefits

Hillingdon Carers  - help and support for carers

Advicenow - information about the law and your rights.

Benefit fraud - Directgov information if you suspect someone is obtaining benefits that they aren't entitled to.

Debt Advice Foundation - a charity offering free, impartial advice about debt.

GOV.UK - for detailed pensions and benefits information from the government.

Age UK - information for older people.

HM Revenue and Customs - information on tax codes and credits, allowances, national savings and investments, and pensioners' issues.

Money Advice Service - which is a not for profit government organisation created solely to help people with their finances.

Turn2us - helps people access the money available to them through welfare benefits, grants and other help.

Last reviewed: 17/01/2019

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While every care has been taken in the compilation of the information on this website, neither Hillingdon Council or PCG Care Solutions will be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of using the site and any inaccuracies/errors within these pages.

If you choose to purchase services via the Marketplace, you are advised to refer to the Buyers Guide prior to making a purchase, as well as making your own enquiries and seeking independent advice. This is applicable to Adult services only, as there is no Marketplace for Children's services.

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