Benefits

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ADVICE AND ADVOCACY SERVICES

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RECORDING: You can have your assessment audio recorded if you have to ask in advance.  You will be given a CD copy of your benefits assessment. http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2013/june/audio-recording-wca-assessments

ADVOCATE: If you don’t have a friend or relative, some charities and organisations have advocates or workers that can go to the assessment with you (if you ask in advance and they are available).

HOME: Severe patients i.e. bed bound, can request a home assessment but will probably need GP to back you up.

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TYPES OF BENEFITS AND ADVICE GUIDES

  1. Incapacity Benefit (old fashioned disability benefit)
  2. ESA: Employment Support Allowance (replaced Incapacity Capacity Benefit.  Soon will become Universal Credit unless you’re in the “support group” category)  ME Association and Action for ME.
  3. Universal Credit Action for ME
  4. JSA: Job Seekers Allowance
  5. SSP: Statutory Sick Pay (when first off sick during employment)
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  6. DLA: Disability Living Allowance (soon will be replaced by PIP) Action for ME
  7. PIP: Personal Independence Payment ME Association and Action for ME
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  8. Housing Benefit/Council Tax Action for ME
  9. Carers Allowance and Attendance Allowance 
  10. Blue Badge for car parking Action for ME
  11. Road Tax Exemption
  12. Working Tax Credit (over 16 hours per week), Permitted Work (under 16 hours per week) and Access to Work schemes
  13. Pension Credit
  14. Help with Health Costs, Budgeting Loans, Crisis Loans etc