Disability living allowance

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Disability Living Allowance is paid to people who need help looking after themselves, or have difficulty walking outdoors. You don't need to have someone looking after you to qualify.

What do you have to show to claim Disability Living Allowance?

To claim Disability Living Allowance you need to:

  • Be under 65 years of age
  • Have had your illness or disability for at least three months
  • Expect to have your illness or disability for at least the next six months
  • Be resident and present in the UK
  • Show that the Care and/or Mobility Checklists opposite apply to you

How does Disability Living Allowance effect other benefits?

Disability Living Allowance is not taken off income related benefits and you may receive higher amounts of benefits because you are paid Disability Living Allowance.

You can claim Disability Living Allowance at the same time as other benefits as long as you fulfil the rules for these benefits.

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Blue badge

Blue parking badges allow cars carrying people who are registered blind or people who have severe walking difficulties to be parked near shops, stations, leisure facilities, etc.

The Blue Badge scheme replaced the familiar Orange Badge Scheme. Blue Badges are issued as existing badges come up for renewal, or as new applications are processed.

The Blue Badge is recognised throughout Europe. 

On the 1st February 2004 parking services took over from social services the responsibility for the issue of blue badges to disabled motorists. Whilst application forms are still available from the usual outlets the administration of the scheme is now undertaken by parking services.

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Welfare Rights

To many members of the public the welfare benefit system can appear daunting and complex. As a result each year millions of pounds in benefits go unclaimed.

To ensure everyone claims their full entitlement Sefton Council provide a Welfare Rights team consisting of a number of trained advisers. The team are able to provide advice and guidance across the entire range of Welfare Benefits.

Attendance allowance

This page provides information about Attendance Allowance, a benefit available for people over the age of 65 who have health problems or disabilities.

If you would like help to claim Attendance Allowance or any other welfare benefit please contact the Welfare Rights Advisory Service.
The Welfare Rights Advisory Service can also help you to challenge any decision about your benefits
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Attendance Allowance is paid to people who need help looking after themselves indoors. You don't need to have someone looking after you to qualify.

To claim Attendance Allowance you need to:

  • Be over 65 years of age
  • Have had an illness or disability for at least six months
  • Expect to have your illness or disability for at least the next six months
  • Be resident and present in the UK
  • Show that the Attendance Allowance Checklist below applies to you

Attendance Allowance is not taken off income related benefits and you may receive higher amounts of benefits like Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit because you are paid Attendance Allowance.

If someone cares for you for 35 hours a week or more and you receive Attendance Allowance, the person who cares for you may be able to receive Carers Allowance

You can claim Attendance Allowance at the same time as other benefits, such as Carers Allowance, Pension Credit, State Retirement Benefit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit as long as you fulfil the rules for these benefits.

Attendance Allowance should stop if you go into hospital for 4 weeks or more. Any additions you receive as part of Income Based Benefits that are linked to payment of Attendance Allowance will also stop. You will need to inform your local Disability Benefit Centre if you are in hospital for four weeks or more.

If someone is caring for you and claiming Carers Allowance, the Carers Allowance will also stop after you have been in hospital for 4 weeks.

If any of the statements below apply to you, you may qualify for Attendance Allowance. You should seek advice from the Welfare Rights Advisory Service.

Attendance Allowance Checklist

Do you have difficulties with:
  • Getting in or out of bed or being comfortable in bed
  • Dressing or undressing
  • Bathing, showering, washing (including washing hair and shaving)
  • Using or getting to the toilet
  • Eating and drinking
  • Taking medication
  • Falls or stumbles indoors
  • Hearing or Seeing
  • Reading letters or forms
  • Confusion, anxiety or depression
  • Remembering things

Attendance Allowance can be paid at two rates,

  • Low (£47.80): If you need help with your personal care either during the day or night, or
  • High (£71.40): If you need help with your personal care both during the day and night.

To claim Attendance Allowance you need to complete a claim pack (AA1A) which you can get from your local Disability Benefits Centre.

Alternatively you can contact the Welfare Rights Advisory Service and we will order a claim pack for you and help you fill it in.

What is a Disabled Persons Railcard?

Man, woman and guide dog strolling along the platform of Woking stationIf you have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult you might qualify for the Disabled Persons Railcard.

The Disabled Persons Railcard allows you to get 1/3 off most rail fares throughout Great Britain. If you're travelling with an adult companion they also can get 1/3 off their rail fare - so you can save money for your friends too!

How much is it?

£20 for a one-year Railcard. £54 for a three-year Railcard.

So, use your Railcard for a £60 fare and you'll save £20 on the journey. That means a one year Railcard has paid for itself in just one trip! Take a friend with you and you've saved enough for lunch, a visit to the cinema or whatever you both enjoy.

Who is eligible?

You need to give proof that you are eligible for a Railcard. You might qualify if you: have a visual impairment, a hearing impairment, have epilepsy or are in receipt of a disability-related benefit. Check now to see if you're eligible.

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Our vision is a just and equal society whose strength is human difference. Our mission is to enable individuals, networks and policy-makers to do things differently.

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