Benefits For Disabled People
If you are disabled then there is a range of benefits and support that you may be entitled to. These will vary from country to country but most countries do offer some kind of financial help to people with disabilities.
Disability living allowance
If you need help getting around or need help in looking after yourself because of a disability then you might be entitled to the disability living allowance. You must claim this allowance before you reach the age of 65.
This is a tax free allowance that you may be able to claim if you need help looking after yourself and are over the age of 65.
If you cannot work due to your disability then you may be entitled to claim incapacity benefit.
More about disability living allowance
You may be entitled to this allowance if you:
* Have a physical or mental disability or both.
* If you have difficulty in walking or your disability is severe enough that you can’t look after yourself properly.
* Your are under the age of 65.
You are entitled to claim for disability living allowance whether you can work or not and your savings or income generally will not affect your claim.
Disability living allowance is made up of two parts, a care component if you need help looking after yourself and a mobility one if you can’t get around. You may be entitled to receive just one or both of them.
More about attendance allowance
You may be entitled to receive this allowance if you:
* Have a physical, mental disability or both.
* You need help in caring for yourself due to the severity of your disability.
* Your are over the age of 65 when you claim.
Any money you have saved or any income you may receive isn’t generally affected when you claim attendance allowance. The attendance allowance is paid on two different category bases, a higher rate and a lower one which you receive will depend on the severity of your particular disability.
More about incapacity benefit
You may be entitled to claim incapacity benefit if the following apply to you:
* Your statutory sick pay has ended or you don’t get it.
* You are un-employed or self-employed.
* You are incapable of going back to work.
* You were under the state pension age when you first became sick.
You must also have been:
* Paying towards national insurance contributions.
* Unable to work because of disability for at least four days in a row.
* Getting medical treatment and are unable to work for two or more days out of the week.
Incapacity benefit is based on short term – for the first 28 weeks, short term higher for weeks 29 to 52 and high from week 53.
Filed under: Disability Benefits