Benefits you may be able to claim

People who are disabled and their carers

You may qualify for benefits if you are disabled or a carer of someone who is disabled. Find out more about what help is available and how to claim.  

Benefits for those who are disabled 

Employment and Support Allowance 

Employment and Support Allowance is a regular payment you may be able to get if you are not working because you are sick or disabled. If you are able to work, it also provides support to help you get a suitable job and be better off working.  

Find out more including eligibility and how to claim on the gov.uk Employment and Support Allowance page 

Incapacity Benefit 

Incapacity Benefit has now been replaced by Employment and Support Allowance and you can no longer start a new claim. 

More information is available on the gov.uk Incapacity Benefit page 

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit  

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is a regular payment you may be able to get if you are sick or disabled because of something that happened in connection with your work. 

Find out more including eligibility and how to claim on the gov.uk Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit page

Disability Living Allowance 

Disability Living Allowance has now been replaced by Personal Independence Payment for people aged 16 to 64.  You can make a new claim for Disability Living Allowanc on the gov.uk wesbite only if you are claiming for a child under 16. 

Disability Living Allowance for Children 

Disability Living Allowance for Children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who is under 16 and has difficulty walking and/or need more looking after than a child of the same age. 

Find out more including eligibility and how to claim on the gov.uk Disability Living Allowance for Children page  

Personal Independence Payment  

Personal Independence Payment can help with some of the extra costs caused by long term ill health or disability if you are aged 16 to 64. 

Find out more including eligibility and how to claim on the gov.uk Personal Independence Payment page 

Attendance Allowance 

Attendance Allowance is a regular payment you may be able to get if you are 65 or over and need help caring for yourself. 

Find out more including eligibility and how to claim on the gov.uk Attendance Allowance page 

Disabled Students' Allowance 

Disabled Students' Allowance is a grant that you may be able to get if you are in higher education (degree course of above) and have extra course costs because of your disability. 

Find out more including eligibility and how to claim on the gov.uk Disabled Students’ Allowance page 

Independent Living Fund 

Independent Living Fund payments are no longer available for new claims. 

You can find more information on the gov.uk Independent Living Fund page

Severe Disablement Allowance 

Severe Disablement Allowance payments are no longer available for new claims. 

You can find more information on the gov.uk Severe Disablement Allowance page

Self-Directed Support (Direct Payments) 

If you need a social care service, you may be able to get payments from the council, buy what you choose, in place of some or all of your usual care services. 

Find out more on our Direct Payments page

Blue Badge 

You may be able to get a Blue Badge if you have severe mobility problems, it helps you to park close to where you are going. 

Find out more on our Blue Badge page 

Freedom Pass 

A Freedom Pass can give you free travel on almost all public transport in London if you are older or disabled. 

Find out more on our Freedom Pass page

Find out if you’re eligible on the London Councils Freedom Pass eligibility page 

Disabled Facilities Grant 

Disabled Facilities Grant is a grant you may be able to get towards the cost of making changes to your home so you can carry on living there. 

Find out more including eligibility information and how to claim on the gov.uk Disabled Facilities Grant page  

Access to Work 

Access to Work may be able to give you and your employer advice and help with extra costs, such as for specialist equipment, if your health or disability affects the way you work. 

Find out more including what help is available and how to claim on the gov.uk Access to Work page  

Work Choice 

Work Choice may be able to help if your disability means you need specialised one-to-one support, more than you can get under Access to Work, to help you find or keep a job. 

Find out if you qualify and how to claim on the gov.uk Work Choice page 

Support for carers 

Carers Allowance 

Carers Allowance is a regular payment you may be eligible for if you look after someone who is disabled. 

Find out more including eligibility and how to claim on the gov.uk Careers Allowance page

The Carer’s Allowance Unit is a dedicated part of the Department for Work and Pensions that can answer any questions you have about this benefit. 

Self-Directed Support (Direct Payments) 

If you need a social care service, you may be able to get payments from the council, to buy what you choose, in place of some or all of your usual care services. 

Find out more on our Direct Payments page