Category: Benefits & Financial Support


The Welfare Reform Bill: Fair Cuts for Disabled?

Allied Mobility – a wheelchair accessible vehicles specialist, supplying a wide range of wheelchair car, MPV and minibus models – contacted me recently with a view to posting an article.  This is what they submitted.  I hope you agree that it fits the criteria of this site in that it is informative – the Welfare Reform [...]

Person centred planning

Someone recently put this phrase into the site search. Whoever it was won’t have found any results returned. So I aim to rectify that right now.

What is Person Centred Planning? Person Centred Planning (or Person Centred Support) is a set of processes, tools and approaches designed to assist someone (usually with disabilities and/or learning difficulties) to [...]

What is self-directed support?

What is self-directed support? This is the question I asked myself when I came across this phrase on the halow project’s website.  The halow project directed me to in Control.

In Control, founded in 2003, is a social enterprise that was set up to transform the current social care system into a system of Self-Directed Support. It [...]

Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance – sometimes referred to as DLA – is a tax-free benefit for children and adults who need help with personal care or have walking difficulties because they are physically or mentally disabled.

You may qualify for DLA if:

You have a physical or mental disability, or both
Your disability is severe enough for you to need [...]

Direct payments

The following is reproduced, with permission from the relevant area of the Directgov website. Does anyone reading this have experience of applying for direct payments? Please post a comment if you have and tell me how it worked out, what the pitfalls are, etc.

Direct payments are local council payments for people who have been assessed as [...]

Council tax concessions

If you are a homeowner in the UK then your home is subject to Council Tax. Council tax is levied at different rates (bands) and is dependent on the value of your home. However concessions are available.

Concessions for Persons with Special Needs

There are Council Tax reductions for persons with Special Needs, subject to certain conditions.

Essentially, the [...]

Benefits for People with Disabilities in the USA

In the USA, the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programmes are the largest of several Federal programs to provide assistance to people with disabilities. These programmes have considerable differences, but both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under [...]

Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance (AA) is a tax-free benefit for people aged 65 or over who need help with personal care because they are physically or mentally disabled.

You may get Attendance Allowance if:

You have a physical or mental disability, or both
Your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself
You are aged 65 or [...]

Motability

Motability is a national UK-based charity (registered charity no: 299745), set up on the initiative of the Government in 1977, to assist disabled people with their mobility needs. Motability direct and oversee the Motability Scheme which enables disabled people to obtain a car, powered wheelchair or scooter simply by using their government-funded mobility allowances.

According to Motability, [...]