As we all know over the past few years there have been substantial changes to the benefits and support available to disabled people in the UK and their carers. Keeping up with what is rightfully yours can be a bit of a minefield and if you don’t make a claim you won’t get the benefit.
Which benefit to claim for is also difficult especially as there are so many to choose from. In fact, according to the Money Magpie website, there are at least 15 disability benefits available.
Another great website for all benefits details is Scope which also has support and information and an online community which they say ‘is a place where disabled people, parents, carers and those who work with disabled children and adults can come to discuss all topics relating to disability. You can ask questions, share your experiences and get much needed support with any issues you currently face.’
One particular inspiring article which was shared in the community section was from Janet Richards the President of Wheels and Wheelchairs, a charity which takes wheelchair users rollerskating. Their support and information section is ideal for anyone whether you, your child or those you work with have a physical impairment, learning disability or any other condition, information is there for you on the website.
The Money Saving Expert has an excellent calculator which will only take 10 mins to calculate what you are entitled to. Another website The Money Advice Service has a great article on Benefit Changes in the UK.
A recent article in the Independent Newspaper states that 70,000 disabled people are owed thousands in benefits due to government error, and some they say will never be paid back. They say ‘the DWP will pay £340m back in underpayments, but estimates there may be up to £150m more which cannot be paid back because arrears will only be accounted for as far back as 21 October 2014, the date of a legal tribunal ruling.’