Benefits

The benefits system is designed to make sure that there is a minimum standard of living for everyone and My Advice Gateway provides information on how benefits are claimed and paid.

Details of planned changes to the benefit system can be found at here.

An A-Z of the Benefits System is available from GOV.UK and further information is available at CitizensAdvice, Turn2us, AgeUK and MoneyAdviceService.

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STATUTORY SICK PAY

Statutory Sick Pay is money paid to you by your employer if you are sick and unable to work.

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EMPLOYMENT & SUPPORT ALLOWANCE

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is a benefit for people who have illnesses or disabilities that make it hard for them to work

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INCAPACITY BENEFIT

Incapacity Benefit has been abolished and you cannot normally make a new claim. If you cannot work because you are sick or disabled then you should claim Employment and Support Allowance instead.

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DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE (FOR CHILDREN)

Disability Living Allowance is money for those people who have personal care needs or difficulty with walking. DLA is gradually being replaced by Personal Independent Payment and you can only make a new claim for DLA if you’re claiming for a child under 16.

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PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance for people aged 16 or over, but under state pension age who have extra care needs or mobility needs (difficulty getting around) as a result of a disability.

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INDUSTRIAL INJURIES DISABLEMENT BENEFIT

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) is for people who are disabled because of an accident at work, or who have certain diseases caused by their workand is paid by Department for Work and Pensions.

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DISABLED STUDENT ALLOWANCES (DSA’S)

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)are grants to help toward meeting the additional studying costs or expenses that students face as a direct result of a disability or specific learning difficulty.

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DISABILITY PREMIUMS

Disability Premiums are additional amounts that are included in some means-tested benefits to help with the cost of disability.

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CARER’S ALLOWANCE AND CARER PREMIUM

Carer’s Allowance is money for people who provide regular care to someone who has a disability.

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CARER’S CREDIT

Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit that fills up gaps in your National Insurance record. It helps towards your State Pension while you’re not making any contributions because of your caring role.

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