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Terminal illness - other available help

Carer's Allowance

If there is someone such as a family member or friend caring for you for at least 35 hours or more per week, they may be able to claim Carer's Benefits.   

The Coalition of Carers in Scotland (CoCiS) has developed an information leaflet for carers who care for someone with a terminal illness.


CHAS offer full family support service for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. This includes palliative care, family respite and support through hospices, homecare services and hospital presence.

Help with the cost of travelling to hospital to get treatment

If you have to attend an NHS hospital for treatment, you may be entitled to help with your travelling expenses and with other health costs.  You will automatically be entitled to help with health costs if:  

  • You or your partner are getting Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit) OR
  • You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS Tax Credit exemption certificate.

Incapacity Benefit, Contributory Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Disability Living Allowance do not count as they are not income related however you may be able to apply on the grounds of low income through the NHS low income scheme.

Help with the cost of travelling to visit someone who is ill

You may be entitled to a Community Care Grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund if you need to visit someone who is ill but do not have the money to pay for the cost of travel.  

Blue Badge (Disabled Persons Parking Badge)

If you have been issued with a DS1500 form, you will be able to get a Blue Badge without having to undergo an assessment. 

Terminal Illness and non-residential Community Care services

If you receive non-residential Community Care services arranged through Perth & Kinross Council, you will not be liable to pay any charges if you are terminally ill, have been issued with a DS1500 form and satisfy the special benefit rules.  

Macmillan Welfare Rights Service

Perth & Kinross Council's Welfare Rights Team has received funding from Macmillan Cancer Support to provide an enhanced Macmillan Welfare Rights service to people affected by cancer in the Perth & Kinross area.  

Bereavement Support

Information around support for bereavement can be found at Bereavement Scotland.


Last modified on 23 October 2023

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