Disability Benefits

We understand that living with long-term health conditions like Crohn’s or Colitis may have an impact on your financial situation. 

You could be entitled to benefits to help you support yourself. Read on for information on some of the key benefits, and to find out how to access help with applications via our Information Service.

How we can help 

  • Our Helpline staff can answer your general questions about Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance for children (DLA).  
  • We provide easy to read guides on PIP and DLA for children. 
  • Disability Benefit Service. A 30 minute appointment where our volunteers can discuss your eligibility and help with completing the form. If turned down, we can also help with the mandatory reconsideration. Telephone appointments with DBS volunteers can be made by calling the Helpline

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You could be entitled to:  

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) 

  • This may be for you if you are 16 or over and have not reached State Pension age. 
  • You will have difficulty or need help with getting around and/or daily activities such as using the toilet and preparing food. 
  • You score points according to the level of your difficulties. The number of points determines whether you receive the benefit and at which rate. 
  • Eligibility doesn’t depend on household income or savings 
  • Our Claiming Personal Independence Payment guide can help you apply for PIP. 

Disability Living Allowance for Children (DLA) 

  • This is for children under 16. 
  • Your child needs more care or help than children of the same age without a medical condition. 
  • Eligibility doesn’t depend on household income or savings. 
  • Our Claiming DLA - Children under 16 guide can help you apply for DLA. 

Attendance Allowance (AA) 

  • This may be for you if you have reached State Pension age. 
  • You will have difficulty or need help with daily activities such as using the toilet and getting dressed.  
  • Eligibility doesn’t depend on household income or savings. 
  • For further information on applying for AA please see Citizens Advice and Age UK websites. 

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) depending on where you live 

  • This may be for you if your illness, health condition or disability makes it difficult or impossible to work. 
  • Universal Credit is being introduced across the UK in stages. It will replace certain means tested benefits including ESA.                                                         
  • Citizens Advice can help you if you feel too sick or disabled to work.  

If you require more information on benefits, then Citizens Advice can offer up to date information including an online benefit check.  Remember to make sure you are checking information relevant to the country where you live: 

England: citizensadvice.org.uk 
Northern Ireland: citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/northern-ireland
Scotland: citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland
Wales: citizensadvice.org.uk/wales


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