Benefits for sick or disabled people and carers
If you are sick, disabled or caring for someone who is, you may qualify for certain benefits.
Unable to work due to illness or disability?
If you are an employee, you could get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you have been off work for more than 3 days in a row. This can be paid for up to 28 weeks.
If your SSP has ended, you are self-employed or you don't have an employer, you may be able to get Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
A Work Capability Assessment will be carried out to assess your limitations.
You may be able to do some Permitted work when you are getting Employment and Support Allowance.
If your illness or disability was caused by an accident or disease at work, you may be able to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
Disability benefits for people in or out of work
If you are under aged 65 and have a long-term health condition or disability, you may qualify for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This can be paid to you whether or not you are working and it isn't affected by income or savings.
If you are aged 65 or over, you could get Attendance Allowance instead.
If you have a child who has a disability or a long term condition/illness, they may be able to get Disability Living Allowance.
Caring for someone?
You could get Carer's Allowance if you are looking after someone who gets either:
- the middle or highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance
- the daily living component of Personal Independent Payment
- any rate of Attendance Allowance
Sometimes claiming Carer's Allowance can impact on the disabled person's benefits. Seek advice before claiming.
There are special rules that apply to some benefits if you have a terminal illness. This allows benefit to be paid faster and at the highest rate.
Turned down for benefit?
If you have been turned down for a benefit or have received a decision that you are not happy about, you can ask for the decision to be looked at again. This is called a mandatory reconsideration. If the decision is not revised in your favour, you can appeal against the decision.