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The area of welfare benefits is always going to be a difficult advice topic to navigate. The benefit laws are both complex and complicated. DIAL Peterborough would always advocate seeking specialist advice before applying for any benefits. The Dial Peterborough provides telephone and face to face advice to physically disabled clients whom have welfare benefit problems, and also representation; depending upon our availability at that time.The agencies below can offer some help, phone for details:
Please click on the blue links below to get detailed further information
- DIAL Peterborough (physical disability) 01733 265551
- Peterborough Age UK (over age 55) 01733 564185
- PCVS (learning disability) 01733 342654
- Peterborough and Fenland Mind (mental health) 01733 530651
- CAB (general) 08444994120 who give assistance with the new Peterborough Community Assistance Scheme PCAS (Please note no help with benefit claim form filling, no home visits, no appeal representation and very limited case work)
Peterborough City Council (benefits appeal work only, not Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit) 01733 747474 ask to be put through to Tracey Dickerson the benefits worker
Benefits for Disabled People
PIP Personal Independence Payment helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you’re aged 16 to 64.
You could get between £21 to £134.40 a week to help with the extra costs caused by your condition. How much you get is not based on your condition, but how your condition affects you.
You’ll need an assessment to work out the level of help you get. Your award will be regularly reassessed to make sure you’re getting the right support.
If you get Disability Living Allowance
PIP started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013.
Use the PIP checker to find out if and when PIP affects your DLA.
Help with PIP
We strongly advise to get in contact with the advice agencies listed above, however if you can not get an appointment then follow the link for a guide to filling the form PIP Guide
How to claim PIP
You must meet all of the following criteria;
- Age 16 to 64
- Must have had the care/mobility need for last 3 months and expect it to last for next 9 months (forward and backward rules)
- Not already in receipt of DLA
- Phone DWP 0800 917 2222 for initial telephone assessment
Information you will be asked for
- contact details and date of birth
- National Insurance number
- bank or building society details
- doctor’s or health worker’s name
- details of any time spent abroad or in a care home or hospital
Someone else can call on your behalf, but will need to be with them when they call. You can also write asking for a form to send the above information by post (this can delay claim).
Address Freepost RTBS/CB YC/SCZS, DWP PIP (1) Warbreck House, Warbreck Hill, Blackpool FY2 OUZ
What happens next
You will be sent a form asking you to describe how your condition affects you. The form comes with notes to help you fill it in. Return the form to DWP – the address is on the form.
- Have 4 weeks to fill in form
- Can request 2 week extension
- The majority of claimants will need a medical assessment to complete application process.
We strongly advise that you get experienced help to fill in the application forms, DIAL can offer this service to physically disabled people who pay their council tax to Peterborough City Council, please ring 01733 265551 for an appointment
Helpline for on-going PIP claims – 08458503322
Benefits Listed in alphabetical order
- access to work find out how this scheme can offer support/equipment and help with travel costs for working disabled people- access to work.
- attendance allowance a tax free benefit for disabled people aged 65 or over for help with personal care needs and are not already in the receipt of DLA/PIP- attendance allowance.
- bereavement benefits benefits and allowances that can be claimed when someone dies- bereavement benefits.
- blue badge scheme parking concessions for disabled people - blue badge scheme.
- carer’s allowance benefits for carers- carer’s allowance..
- child benefit extra income for families with children- child benefit and guardian’s allowance.
- cinema tickets - You can get a Cinema Exhibitors’ Association Card (CEAC) to get a free ticket for anyone accompanying you to the cinema. To get this card you will either have to be in receipt of disability living allowance or attendance allowance or be a registered blind person. You can find out more by telephoning 0845 123 1292 (Fax: 0845 123 1296 Minicom / Text phone: 0845 123 1297) or fromwww.ceacard.co.uk/.
- council tax support - PCC online information and application forms
- disability living allowance - extra financial help for disabled people who have care/mobility needs (also see PIP section) - disability living allowance.
- disabled person’s railcard -You can get a railcard if you have a visual impairment or epilepsy or are getting attendance allowance, disability living allowance (if you are getting the higher rate or lower rate mobility component or the higher or middle rate care component), personal independence payment, severe disablement allowance, war pensioner’s mobility supplement, war/service disablement pension (for 80% or more disability) or are buying or leasing a vehicle through the Motability scheme. For more information see www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/what-is-a-disabled-persons-railcard.
- education benefits - free school meals for your children school meal application
- education grants - find out what grants are available for disabled students - grants for students aged 16 and over in school and further education.
- employment and support allowance - a benefit for disabled people who are unable/find it difficult to work – ESA information and application form
- help with heating/insulation/boilers - find out what extra help is available money advice heating
- housing benefit - information and application forms (including “Bedroom Tax”) - housing benefit and calculate and application form for Peterborough
- housing grants - general information on applying for Disabled Facilities Grants - housing grants and local information
- in work credit - See Factsheet F50 - how to claim your in work benefits.
- income support - See Factsheet F45 - income support.
- industrial injuries benefits - These are payable if you have suffered an industrial injury or have a prescribed industrial disease. In addition to a basic disablement benefit there are also additional benefits to cover reduced earnings or the need for constant attendance. See ourdisability rights handbook or www.gov.uk/industrial-injuries-disablement-benefit.
- job grant - see Factsheet F50 - how to claim your in work benefits.
- jobseeker’s allowance - Factsheet F46 - jobseeker’s allowance.
- local authority help - If you feel that you require practical support to carry out day-to-day tasks because have a disability or are suffering from a long–term health condition, then you have the right to be assessed for help from your local authority. Your local authority can also provide help if your child has these needs or support if you are providing care. See Factsheet F2 - steps to getting an assessment from social services.
- local welfare provision - From April 2013 community care grants and crisis loans for general living expenses (including rent in advance) will be abolished and replaced by a new local provision administered by local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales. The local scheme in Peterborough is Peterborough Community Assistance Scheme. PCAS .
- maternity benefits - see our Factsheet F42 - maternity, paternity and adoption benefits.
- motability - see Factsheet F17 - the motability scheme.
- national health service benefits - see Factsheet F14 - prescription charges/health benefits.
- pension credit - see Factsheet F12 - pension credit.
- personal independence payment - see Factsheet F60 - personal independence payment.
- retirement pension - This is a contributory benefit which is paid to you when you reach retirement age. Your pension can be based on National Insurance contributions which you have paid or those paid by your spouse or civil partner. You can calculate your retirement date at state pension age calculator to find out your retirement date -www.gov.uk/calculate-state-pension. You can find out more in ourdisability rights handbook or from www.gov.uk/state-pension/eligibility.
- return to work credit - See Factsheet F50 - how to claim your in work benefits.
- road tax disc - You can get a free tax disc if you get the enhanced mobility component of personal independence payment (PIP), the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance, or are getting war pensioners mobility supplement/armed forces independence payment or have an invalid carriage. You can also get a 50 per cent discount on your road tax if you receive the standard mobility component of PIP. For more information seewww.gov.uk/driving-medical-conditions/tax-disc-exemptions orwww.disabledmotoring.org/motoring/road-tax-exemption. See also Factsheet F17 - the motability scheme.
- social fund - see Factsheet F41 - the social fund.
- statutory sick pay - You can get statutory sick pay (SSP) for up to 28 weeks if you have a job but have been sick and unable to work for 4 consecutive days. You do not have to have paid national insurance contributions but you cannot get statutory sick pay if your gross earnings are less than £97 a week. The amount of savings you have does not affect your SSP. This benefit is paid by your employer. For more information see our disability rights handbook.
- tax credits - See Factsheet F9 - a guide to tax credits.
- tv licence concessions - You can get a TV licence at a reduced cost if you are aged 75 and over, a care home resident or blind/severely sight impaired. For more information see our disability rights handbookor the tv licensing website.
- universal credit (from October 2013) – See Factsheet F55 - universal credit
- vat exemptions - If you are disabled you don’t have to pay VAT when you buy equipment that has been designed solely for disabled people or which has been adapted for your use. You will also not be charged VAT on certain services provided. This includes building work to adapt your home and the hire of disability equipment like wheelchairs. For more information about this see HM Revenue and Customs leaflet 701/7 - VAT reliefs for disabled people.
- war pensions - There are two different war pension schemes in operation. The old scheme applies where someone has an injury, illness or death caused, whilst in the armed forces, before 6 April 2005. If you want to find out about the old war pensions scheme, see Disability Rights UK’s Disability Rights Handbook 35th Edition, which was published May 2010.The new Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) was replaces the old war pensions scheme for injuries, illnesses or death caused, whilst in the armed forces, on or after 6 April 2005. You can find out more about the new scheme in ourdisability rights handbook. You can also find out more information about both schemes of get a claim form by calling the Veterans Helpline on 0800 169 2277 or going to http://www.veterans-uk.info/.
- watersure scheme - see Factsheet F58 - the watersure scheme.