Benefits advice

Receive the benefits you’re entitled to

If you’re visually impaired, there’s a range of benefits available to make life easier. Unfortunately knowing what you’re entitled to and making an application can be a daunting process. Our experienced Benefits Advisor is here to advise you on your entitlement and support you with your application.

What benefits could you claim?

Attendance Allowance

This is for people aged 65 years and over who need help with personal care because of a physical or mental disability. There are two different rates and how much you get depends on the level of care that you need because of your disability. If you claim Attendance Allowance you could be entitled to extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or a Council Tax Reduction.  The Attendance Allowance is also tax-free and not income related.

Disability Living Allowance

This is a tax-free benefit for disabled people who need help with mobility or care costs. It can now only be claimed on behalf of children under the age of 16 years; however, it can remain in payment to adults who reached the age of 65 before 8 April 2013.

There are two components of Disability Living Allowance (DLA); the care component and the mobility component. Your child might qualify for one or both components and the amount of benefit awarded depends on the level of help your child needs.

Personal Independence Payment

This benefit was introduced in April 2013 for people aged between 16 and 64 to help with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability. The rate depends on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself. It’s tax-free and you can be eligible to claim it whether you’re in or out of work.

To be eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) you need have a long-term health condition or disability and difficulties with activities related to daily living and/or mobility.

Additional benefits

If any of these benefits are awarded it may increase the amount of Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Pension Credit you’re entitled to and reduce the amount of Housing Benefit or Council Tax you have to pay. Additionally, your carer (if you have one) may be able to claim Carer’s Allowance in their own right.

Book an appointment

You can book a one-to-one appointment with our Benefits Advisor to find out more about the benefits you could be entitled to. You will be given personalised advice based on your specific circumstances as well as support with your application.

 

Please contact us on 01872 261110 to make an appointment with our Benefits Advisor. You can also email us at info@isightcornwall.org.uk with any questions or queries you may have related to your benefit entitlement.

We also offer assistive technology services, advice on low vision aids and personalised advice through community events, open days and home visits.

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