If you are sick, disabled or caring for someone who is, you may qualify for certain benefits.
Some of the help available is listed below, any figures shown are 2021/22 rates:
|Benefit||What is it?||Who qualifies?|
|Statutory Sick Pay||You can get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. You need to qualify for SSP and have been off work sick for 4 or more days in a row (including non-working days).||To qualify for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) you must:
|Employment Support Allowance||You can apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you have a disability or health condition that affects how much you can work.||You can only apply for Employment Support Allowance if you either:
|Universal Credit||Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly - or twice a month for some people in Scotland.||You may be able to get Universal Credit if:
|Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit||You might get Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if you became ill or are disabled because of an accident or disease either:
||You may be able to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if:
|Personal Independence Payment||Personal Independence Payment (PIP) can help you with some of the extra costs if you have a long term ill-health or disability.|| You must be aged 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age to claim. You must also have a health condition or disability where you:
|Attendance Allowance||Attendance Allowance helps with extra costs if you have a disability severe enough that you need someone to help look after you.||You can get Attendance Allowance if you’ve reached State Pension age and the following apply:
|Disability Living Allowance - Child||Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:
||They will need to meet all the eligibility requirements. Your child will need to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) when they turn 16.|
You could get Carers Allowance if you care for someone and are under the earnings threshold.
If you are a young carer 16-18 and live in Scotland, you may be eligible for a Young Carer Grant
|You must care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits. If you do not qualify for this and you care for someone for at least 20 hours a week, you may be entitled to Carers Credit, which is a National Insurance credit that helps with gaps in your National Insurance record.|
|Macmillan Grant||Macmillan Grants are small, discretionary payments to help people with the extra costs that cancer can cause. They are usually a one-off payment.||
They are for people with a cancer diagnosis who have a low level of income and savings.
There may be some other grants available that our advisers can access.
|Housing Benefit/Local Housing Allowance||Housing Benefit can help you pay your rent if you’re unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits. It’s being replaced by Universal Credit.||You can only make a new claim for Housing Benefit if one of the following is true:
|Council Tax Reduction||Council Tax Reduction can help you pay your council tax if you’re unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits.||You could be eligible if you’re on a low income or claim benefits. Your bill could be reduced by up to 100%. You can apply if you own your home, rent, are unemployed or working. If you live in West Dunbartonshire you can claim online.|
|Council Tax Discounts & Exemptions||You may qualify for a discount or exemption dependent on your circumstances.||Discount or Exemption may apply in the following circumstances:
|Help with NHS Health Costs||You may qualify for help with dental care or travel to hospital appointments if you receive certain benefits or are on a low income.||You can pick up the HC1 form for the Low Income Scheme, available from community pharmacies, GP practices, Citizens Advice Bureau and Jobcentre Plus offices.|
|Winter Fuel Payment||This is a lump sum payment to help with heating costs.||You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you are eligible and you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit). If you’re eligible but do not get paid automatically, you will need to make a claim.|
|Cold Weather Payment||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 may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest.|
|Warm Home Discount||A one-off discount on your electricity bill, between September and March. You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact your supplier to find out.||There are 2 ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme:|
There are a number of independent benefits calculators to find out , what benefits you could get, how to claim and how your benefits will be affected if you start work, or contact us for advice and support by filling out our online contact form.