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Disability-related financial support – what’s out there?

Are you out of work and disabled? You may be able to get more financial help than you think.

As a Court of Protection Solicitor I work with people that have lost the capacity to manage their own financial affairs; either through a progressive illness or as a result of Medical Negligence.

If you’re disabled and unable to work, or know someone who is, I hope that this article will provide you with some useful information about financial help that you, or a disabled relative, may be able to access.

Benefits and Tax

 Help running your home

  • If you’re claiming benefits and someone in your home uses more water because of a medical condition, you may be able to cap your water bills to a fixed amount.
  • Some gas and electricity providers have teamed up with charities and/or benefits agencies to provide financial help for disabled people who are on a low income.
  • If someone in your household is registered blind or severely sight impaired you could be get 50% off the cost of your TV Licence.

Help with transport

  • Contact your local council to find out more about the Blue Badge Scheme which provides free parking and ask about help towards the cost of bus/rail tickets.
  • If you claim high rate mobility for DLA or PIP, you may be able to swap the payment for an adapted vehicle under the motability scheme.
  • Depending on the level of benefit that you receive, you may be able to get a reduction or exemption from paying road tax.

Entertainment

  • The Cinema Exhibitors’ Association provides a free ticket for carers that are going with a disabled person to the cinema.
  • You can apply for an ‘Admit One’ card to get a free carer’s ticket to all National Trust and English Heritage sites. In fact, there are lots of places that provide a free carer’s ticket but do not always advertise it.
  • I always recommend that parents of disabled children contact the local council to find out more information about youth groups, activities and projects in your area.

The important thing to remember is if in doubt, ask. You’ll be surprised at how many businesses are willing to offer assistance to customers with a disability.

 

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice, and the law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice on their own particular circumstances. 

Samantha Spain

Samantha is a solicitor within our Court of Protection team based in Huddersfield and works with clients across Yorkshire. She has worked in the legal profession since 2007 and joined Switalskis in 2015, where she has also worked in our Medical Negligence team. Samantha's profile