Disabled people's and carers' benefits

Benefits you could get if you're disabled or a carer.

Attendance Allowance for people 65 or over

Attendance Allowance is a tax-free benefit for people aged 65 or over who are physically or mentally disabled. Attendance Allowance is managed and paid by central government, to help older people live independently at home.

You do not need to have someone looking after you, and can spend Attendance Allowance as you choose.

Many older people miss out on this extra income, which is paid on top of pensions and other income.

Find out more about Attendance Allowance.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

For people aged 16 to 64 with a long term health condition or disability, which limits their daily activities or mobility. The benefit can be paid whether you're in or out of work. It's tax free, and does not depend on your income or savings.

Find out more about PIP if you've not already claimed, and don't get Disability Living Allowance.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults

DLA for adults is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Most people who already get DLA will be invited to claim PIP instead.

Find out more about the change from DLA to PIP and what you'll need to do.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children

DLA is a tax-free benefit for disabled children up to the age of 16, who need more help than usual to look after them, or have walking difficulties.

Many families in Bristol could claim DLA to help with the extra costs of bringing up a disabled child.

Find out more about DLA for children.

Carers benefits

If you look after a disabled or older person for 35 hours or more a week, you may be entitled to benefit as a carer. 

Find out more about benefits for carers.

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)

You might get IIDB if you’re ill or disabled from an accident or disease caused by work or while you were on an approved employment training scheme or course.

Find out more about IIDB on GOV.UK.

Help with health costs

Most National Health Service (NHS) treatment is free but there can be charges for some things. You may be able to get help with NHS health costs if for example you're on a low income.

Find out more about help with health costs on NHS Choices.

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