Which Benefits are we entitled to?

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    Brydo
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    WMC highlighted that in Scotland we carers get additional monies from the Scottish Government. As i read it, it dawned on me that there could be benefits out there that we don`t claim.

    Without giving any personnel details, which benefits are available for the disabled and those with low income?

    Any info would be appreciated.

    WMC if this should be on the “off Topic” section feel free to move it.

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    Philjb

    Down south ( London area some boroughs)

    free travel card

    black cab card

    free road tax if full 1/2 if not

    plus blue badge automatically if full mobility but you can still clam without if you take the assessment fill out the form with your medical proof.

    Free congestion charge

    and clean air zone if you have max mobility and qualifying car.

    Free tolls on m6

    free tolls on teams crossing.

    Think that’s it ?

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    Trev
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    https://www.entitledto.co.uk

    Has always been a good website to see if you are missing out on anything from the government.

     


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    Winston
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    That’s a handy link you posted there Trev, it can be an absolute minefield when you first find yourself in the world of benefits

    Something just popped into my head, I wonder if any of you know the answer

    Even though I’m a good couple of decades off pensionable age, is our PIP, ESA etc paid until we kick the bucket? Or does that stop at pensionable age and we go onto something else?

    As I said, that just popped into my head there

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    That’s a handy link you posted there Trev, it can be an absolute minefield when you first find yourself in the world of benefits Something just popped into my head, I wonder if any of you know the answer Even though I’m a good couple of decades off pensionable age, is our PIP, ESA etc paid until we kick the bucket? Or does that stop at pensionable age and we go onto something else? As I said, that just popped into my head there

    This should answer all your questions Winston.

    State pension age and benefits

    Saves me a lot of typing 🙂

    You may find this link useful for reference. https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

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    You might find this interesting Winston.

    Unnecessary disability reassessments for disabled pensioners to be phased out
    The first step in scrapping unnecessary reassessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for pensioners starts on Friday (31 May).

    Work and Pensions Secretary of State Amber Rudd announced in March that people receiving PIP who have reached State Pension age will no longer have their awards regularly reviewed, instead moving to a light touch review at 10 years. Nearly 290,000 people of State Pension age are in receipt of PIP.

    From Friday, new claimants to PIP whose review would have been scheduled after they had reached State Pension age will receive an ongoing award with a light touch review at 10 years.

    Work and Pensions Secretary of State Amber Rudd said:

    I have set out a number of initiatives to improve the quality of life for disabled people; to level the terrain and smooth their path.

    Stopping unnecessary PIP reviews for people over State Pension age is a positive change. It applies a common-sense approach to treating those whose conditions are unlikely to change, and we want to introduce it as quickly as possible for those who will benefit from it.
    Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson said:

    We are determined to improve our support for disabled people, and stopping needless PIP reviews for pensioners is the right thing to do.

    This step means new claimants to PIP who reach State Pension age before their review is due won’t have one unless they tell us their needs have changed, and the next step is to bring this in for all pensioners.
    Applying this change to new claimants is the first step and it will be extended to existing PIP claimants above State Pension age in the coming months.

    This change was part of a wider package of measures announced by Amber Rudd, signalling a shift in the government’s support for disabled people.

    Other improvements include combining the separate assessment processes for PIP, Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit into one integrated service from 2021.

    The integrated service will simplify the assessment process for millions of people claiming health related benefits, reducing the need to submit information multiple times and for some people reducing the number of face-to-face assessments.

    A small-scale test to explore the viability of a single assessment for Work Capability Assessments and PIP assessments will also be undertaken.

    The government will also work with stakeholders to understand how to help people submit the right evidence with their claim at the outset so that fewer people have to take their case to Tribunal.

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    Brydo
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    Thanks for that info guys really helpful

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    ChrisK
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    That’s a handy link you posted there Trev, it can be an absolute minefield when you first find yourself in the world of benefits Something just popped into my head, I wonder if any of you know the answer Even though I’m a good couple of decades off pensionable age, is our PIP, ESA etc paid until we kick the bucket? Or does that stop at pensionable age and we go onto something else? As I said, that just popped into my head there

    This should answer all your questions Winston. State pension age and benefits Saves me a lot of typing  You may find this link useful for reference. https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

    I was very lucky and just missed by a few months all the ESA stuff but did go for an assessment for it but then they woke up and realised I was only 6 month from becoming a pensioner so they dropped it.

    The only changes for me were they stopped my Income Support that I assume ESA replaces and gave me my pension. All PIP payments stay the same as does pension credit if you need that.

    With claiming benefits it’s a whole long learning curve and after being disabled for 11 years only realised last year that I can get a 20% discount on my water bill but unfortunately its not back dated. That rebate by the way was more linked to the pension credit than my disability as claiming PIP has no effect on entitlement unless your disability causes you to use more water than you might use if you were not disabled.

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    Trev
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    Watersure is the water benefit, which we have. More details here –

    https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/households/customer-assistance/watersure/


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    Trev can we have these links made into a sticky post somewhere?

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    Brydo
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    That’s a good idea joss, it would give access to members and non members.

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    Trev
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    All done Joss, should be a sticky on here now.


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    Brydo
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    Cheers Trev.

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    joss
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    Thanks for that Trev

    How do we see the sticky ?

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    mitch
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    for those on wpms there are a couple of things you may want to check out not all benefits per se;

    veterans oyster card from transport for london free tube and bus travel etc.

    defence discount service card, gets you all sorts of discounts eg 20% off ee contracts.

    if your disability forces you to have an automatic gear box a grant is available from veterans of up to £660.contact motability grants for forms.

    allowance for lowered standard of occupation if because of your disability your salary earning potential is reduced compared to what you were earning previously you can claim through veterans agency up to £71.60 per week.

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    Mitch,

    You forgot the free AA Disabled Drivers Assistance Card – gives a free AA membership (one vehicle) for those who receive WPMS (available free from Veterans UK). Ideal if you are not on the Motability Scheme or have a second car.

    Also don’t forget the War Pensioner’s ‘Status Card’ (free from Veterans UK) that certfies that you are a War Disablement Pensioner (handy when proof of receipt of War Pension is required).

    Dave

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    Zelda
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    Have all the movie goers in the house got their cinema passes?

    It costs about £10 for a year and means if someone is accompanying you to the flicks, they get in free. It needn’t be an official carer that is with you, it could just be a mate you’ve dragged along for the night.

    At around £10 a ticket to see a film, this could save regular film goers a lot of money over the year, so definitely worth thinking about.

     

    Warm home payment of £140 per year.

    Some energy providers will be sending reminders out any time about now. If you don’t already claim it, have a look on your energy providers website for more info. I think you need to be on some sort of income related benefit and get PIP/DLA etc., as well but have a look at your providers website just in case there are different rules for your company.

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    Winston

    I have the CEA card, 6 quid a year, you can apply online and it comes quickly enough

    Had it for a few years now and used it once lol

    But at 6 beans a year it’s nothing to worry about 👍🏻

    I’ll def be looking into that warm home payment though thanks

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    Zelda
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    Oooooh, only £6, well that’s even better but it doesn’t hurt to have one just in case 🙂

     

     

    Yes please do look into the warm home payment, £140 isn’t to be sniffed at. Applications for NPower get sent out in October sometime and payment is credited in March, i think some other companies pay quicker than that but nonetheless, it’s worth the wait.

     

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    DougieB
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    Do you have a link to claim the free AA card?

     

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    BigDave
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    Do you have a link to claim the free AA card?

    Dougie,

    Sorry for the delay in replying, I don’t venture in here that often.

    To get the complimentary  ‘AA Disabled Drivers Assistance Card’ just ring Veterans UK on 0800 1914 218 and ask for one. They will do a couple of security checks and check that you receive WPMS.

    A few days later, the card (redacted copy below) should drop through your letterbox in a brown envelope:

    Veterans Complimentary Disabled Drivers Assistance Card

     

    Dave

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    Winston

    I’ve just applied for the warm home payment there thanks @zelda

     

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    Winston

    Is there another one to do with the Winter? Not sure if i remembered reading something about it? Or was possibly just day dreaming and imagined the whole thing 😂

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    joss
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    Cold weather payments Winstone??

    You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below for 7 consecutive days. You’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March. … You’ll be able to check if your area is due a payment in November 2019.

    Note* This type of payment is only available to people who are on income-related benefits.

    There is also the Winter Fuel Payment, If you were born on or before 5 April 1954 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.

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    Winston

    Winter fuel payment was the one thanks Joss, it was to look into on behalf of my mum

    I’ll do that today thanks

    I got a few £25 payments last year for the cold weather up here , nice little bonus when it comes through… every little helps n all that

     

    cheers 👍🏻

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    Zelda
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    You are most welcome @winston i’m so glad that you saw the post and hope your payment is soon winging it’s way to you 🙂

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