There are many allowances and benefits designed to help people who are ill, or disabled or caring for others. Three are mentioned below. All allowances are there to help. They are your right. You should apply for them if you think you are eligible.
For further information see the Disability Alliance Website and to apply see the Public Services Website or call The Disability Benefits Helpline:
Tel: 08457 123456 (textphone 08457 224433) Monday-Friday 8.00am-6.00pm
For people 65 and over who need long-term help with personal care, mobility or both. The allowance is not means-tested or taxable
Disability Living Allowance
For people under 65 who need long-term help with personal care or have walking difficulties. The allowance is not means-tested or taxable.
For people over 16 who care for someone for more than 35 hours a week. The allowance is not means-tested but is taxable and there is an earnings limit.
Some allowances can be fast-tracked if the patient is unlikely to live for 6 months. See the doctor about a DS1500 form.
You can apply for these allowances on forms obtainable from your 'local' Jobcentre Plus Office or over the telephone on the Benefits Enquiry Line 0800 220674 (textphone 0800 243787)
The nearest Jobcentre Plus offices are:-
- King’s Lynn
St Nicholas Street
Tel: 0845 6043719 (corner of Tuesday Market Place, next to Tudor Rose Hotel)
16-18 High Street
Tel: 0845 6043719
Other offices can be located by going onto the Jobcentre Plus website – http://www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/ , and typing in a search for a particular town.