You can get a range of benefits if you’re between 16 and State Pension age, or over the State Pension age and you have an illness or disability. The extra money can help with the cost of your care.

You can check your State Pension age on GOV.UK

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

PIP is for people between 16 and State Pension age who need help at home because of an illness or disability. It has replaced the old Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

You get:

  • £57.30 per week (standard payment)
  • £85.60 per week if you’re more seriously ill (enhanced payment)

If you have difficulty walking and getting around, you could also get:

  • An extra £22.65 per week (standard mobility payment)
  • An extra £59.75 per week (enhanced mobility payment)

When you can get it

You can get PIP if you’re aged 16 to State Pension age and have a long-term illness or disability. You can claim PIP no matter how much you earn or have in savings.

How to claim PIP on GOV.UK

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Disability Premium

Disability Premium is an extra amount added to some benefits. You can get:

At least £33.55 a week if you’re single

At least £47.80 a week if you’re a couple

When you can get it

You can get Disability Premium if you’re under State Pension age and you’re registered blind or you get PIP or Disability Living Allowance.

How to claim Disability Premium on GOV.UK

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Universal Credit

Universal Credit has replaced the following benefits for most people:

  • Income support
  • Housing benefit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit

Universal Credit works differently from the old benefits – so it’s important to know the differences.

  • You can get Universal credit if you are employed or unemployed
  • The payments are monthly rather than weekly or every two weeks
  • Instead of getting a separate housing benefit, your rent will usually be paid directly to you as part of your monthly Universal Credit payment

Carers Allowance

If you get PIP or another disability related benefit and someone cares for you, they may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance.

You can find out more about this on the GOV.UK website.

Attendance Allowance

Attendance allowance is for people over State Pension age who need help at home because of an illness or disability.

You could get:

  • £57.30 a week if you need help either in the day or at night
  • £85.60 a week if you need help both day and night

When you can get it

You can get Attendance Allowance if you’re over State Pension age and have a long-term illness or disability. It does not matter how much you earn or have in savings.

How to claim Attendance Allowance on GOV.UK

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Citizen’s Advice

It is important to make sure you get all the help your entitled to.

The Citizen’s Advice website has a lot of helpful pages on benefits for all ages including:

  • A-Z of benefits
  • Benefits calculator
  • Benefits help during COVID-19
  • Online chat with a benefits advisor

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