Money (16+)

Social care & support

The NHS website explains how to pay for care and support, and where you can get help with costs.      Click icon to browse.      See also:  Support and benefits for carers.

Money advice

Here is a website offering popular tools and free, impartial money advice.        It was set up by government.        Click icon to browse.      Lincolnshire County Council also offers information and advice on benefits and finance.      It uses an 0300 number which is charged at the landline rate.       See also Lincolnshire guide to the service.

Citizens advice has several pages about money matters.      See debt & money.      Their Grantham office is at the Guildhall arts centre.       Alternatively, find your local advice centre.

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See Support for carers about Carer’s Allowance for carers of adults.

Benefits

The National Autistic Society has a range of pages about  autism-related benefits.       Click icon to view       They include:

  • Employment & Support Allowance
  • Benefits for young autistic people
  • Benefits for autistic adults

Carers FIRST is the new name for Carers connect.      Click icon for their financial support pages.      More broadly, to find out what Carers FIRST has to offer and how it fits in with Lincolnshire Carers Service see Families.

Benefits news

  • Get the latest on the benefits system in the UK.       See Disability news
  • Inquiry into disability benefits, led by Frank Field in 2017, ‘deluged’ by tales of despair.           Several themes emerge from the testimony heard by the work and pensions committee.       See article.
  • Exemption from re-assessment for Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) is not as expected, in 2017.       People with life-long or severe disability will only be exempt if they are deemed to be unfit for ‘work-related activity’.        See article.

Housing

Housing benefits or Council tax support may be available if someone in your household is on a low income.      Click icon for specifics.

Transition at age 18

At  age 18 social care support transfers from Children’s Services to Adult Social Care.      Click icon to start the assessment process and arrange personal budgets.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

This is the replacement for DLA for people aged 16-65 with a disability or long term health problem.      It has been in the process of being phased in since 2013.

  • Citizens Advice offer a large number of pages about PIP, all neatly arranged to make it easy to find your way around.
  • The National Autistic Society (NAS) has published an series of pages on the benefit.       The link takes you to the main one.
  • If you want to see what the government has to say about it, you can choose from Overview,  Detail and News.

Universal credit

Contact has produced a page about Universal Credit.        Click icon on the left to view.      They have also launched a campaign about Universal Credit called Counting the cost.       The aim is to stop the cut in benefits for disabled children it represents.

They also have a helpline – with four ways to get in touch: