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Clydeside Action on Asbestos has a welfare rights team able to advise on all aspects of benefits and compensation.  Our website contains a brief outline of the main benefits and compensation that an individual may be entitled to. However, the UK system of benefits and compensation is extremely complicated and constantly evolving.  We would advise you therefore to contact us in the first instance if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition

The UK welfare system is undergoing the most radical transformation since its inception.  CAA will  keep you advised on how these changes will affect you and the benefits you currently receive.

For information on benefits and compensation related specifically to those suffering from an asbestos related disease please visit our page on Industrial Injuries Benefit & Compensation

 

Universal Credit

 

Please note: In 2013 a new benefit called Universal Credit  was introduced and will gradually replace the following benefits:

 

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Income Support
• Child Tax Credits
• Working Tax Credits
• Housing Benefit

View the Universal Credit map to see areas where you can claim

The national roll out of Universal Credit began on 16 February 2015, The list of Local authorities and jobcentre areas that will begin to deliver Universal Credit as part of a national expansion can be viewed here:  www.gov.uk/jobcentres-where-you-can-claim-universal-credit

 

The DWP has published answers to some common questions about Universal Credit and how it will work:

 

 

Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment

 

From April 2013 Disability Living Allowance will gradually be replaced by Personal Independence Payment for people with a long-term health condition or disability aged 16 to 64.

 

Check how Personal Independence Payment (PIP) affects you

Use this tool to check:

  • if PIP affects you
  • when your Disability Living Allowance may be affected
  • when you can make a new claim for PIP

https://www.gov.uk/pip-checker

Note: There is no automatic transfer from DLA to PIP

 

DLA is Ending (pdf.January 2016)

PIP Claimant Journey (pdf.June 2015)

PIP Easy Read Guide (pdf.July 2015)

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) toolkit – GOV.UK

The Personal Independence Payment assessment guide for assessment providers has been updated with revised guidance for health professional and providers on the processes they must put into place for auditing PIP assessments.

PIP Assessment Guide

 

Other Benefits

 

There are benefits available which are related to disability and illness such as:

 

* The benefits above can be paid whether you work or not and are not related to your income.

If you look after someone who is disabled you may be entitled to:

 

 Carer’s Allowance
• Carer’s Credit

 

An inability to work may entitle you to benefits such as:

 

A guide has been issued explaining changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) work-related activity group payments from 3 April 2017. It also explains:

  • changes to hardship payments
  • changes to ESA permitted work rules

ESA Changes

 

This change also affects Universal Credit claimants and a guide has been published explaining the changes.

Limited Capability for Work and UC

 

An updated version of the Capability for Work questionnaire (ESA50) has been issued.

ESA50

 

There are also benefits for those on a low income such as:

 

Find out if your entitled to Pension Credit here: https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit-calculator

 

 

For those in work on low income, there are benefits such as:

 

Find out if your entitled to Tax Credits here: https://www.gov.uk/tax-credits-calculator

Please note:  Universal Credit will gradulally replace the following benefits:

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Income Support
• Child Tax Credits
• Working Tax Credits
• Housing Benefit

Qualifying conditions that apply to welfare benefits are complex and vary depending on each individual circumstance e.g whether you live alone, with a partner or family members; how old you or a partner are; whether you or a partner work or are disabled; whether any children who may live with you work or are disabled; whether you rent or have a mortgage; whether you have savings (capital) or not etc.

 

Given the complexity of the benefits system, it is always advisable in the first instance to contact our welfare rights service for advice before applying for any state benefits. We will be able to assess your entitlement to benefit and assist you with your applications.

 

Outline of Scotland filled in with Scottish flagThe Scottish Welfare Fund

 

From April 2013, changes to the DWP Social Fund scheme meant that Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants stopped. These have been replaced by the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF), delivered by councils. The fund provides two types of grant:

  • Crisis Grants to provide a safety net when someone experiences a disaster or emergency situation, such as a fire or flood and there is an immediate threat to health and safety.
  • Community Care Grants to enable independent living or continued independent living and prevent the need to go into care. A CCG may also be able to help a family facing exceptional pressure.

To apply for a Crisis Grant or a Community Care Grant you must be 16 or older and on a low income.

More information from gov.scot

 

Benefit & Pension Rates 2017/18

Benefit rates are normally published by the DWP in April.

Benefits Calculators

These are free to use, anonymous, and have replaced the Benefits Adviser service

Use an independent benefits calculator to find out:

 

• what benefits you could get
• how to claim
• how your benefits will be affected if you start work

 More information on benefit calculators from GOV.UK

 

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Disabled Parking – Blue Badge Scheme

The blue badge scheme of parking concessions is designed to help people with severe mobility problems, those who are registered blind and people who have severe restrictions in both arms by allowing them to park close to places they need to visit e.g hospital.

There are different rules which apply depending on where you live in the UK.  Essentially, if you are in receipt of the High Rate Mobility component of Disability Living Allowance or the Enhanced Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment; have a substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking; are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk,  you should qualify.

scot flagroad sign parking for disabled isolated on white backgroundScotland

You can contact your local council and ask them to send you a blue badge application form or you can find out if you’re eligible and apply online via DirectScot: Blue Badge Scheme

eng & wales

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England or Wales

You can contact your local council and ask them to send you a blue badge application form or you can find out if you’re eligible and apply online via GOV.UK: Blue Badge Scheme

 

Fee Free Bank Accounts

 

Millions of bank customers across Britain stand to benefit by hundreds of pounds as nine major banks launch fee-free basic bank accounts from 1 January.

The accounts will be available to anyone who doesn’t already have a bank account, is ineligible for a standard current account or who can’t use their existing account due to financial difficulty.

For the first time they will be truly fee-free, helping people to manage their money without fear of running up an overdraft.

Today’s (27 December 2015) announcement follows last Christmas’ landmark agreement between the government and the banking industry to establish new basic bank accounts that will end bank charges if a direct debit or standing order fails. GOV.UK. 27.12.2015

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/fee-free-bank-accounts-launched

The only truly free bank account – BBC News – March 2016

 

Bereavement & Benefits

 

There are a number of benefits/payments which may be available to those who have lost someone close to them. This could be financial assistance to help with the costs of a funeral for a loved one, or additional benefits for a widow or widower.

The link below takes you through the help which may be available to you through the welfare system   As always however our welfare rights team are available to you to answer your questions and assist with your applications for benefit

www.gov.uk/benefits/bereavement

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Last updated 11 March 2017