The Blue Badge scheme helps those with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport to park close to where they need to go. Government has changed the way of assessing who gets a Blue Badge to make the process clearer and align it with wider disability benefit reforms.
The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA). The Card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.
The Card is also one way for cinemas to make sure they look after their disabled guests. If you require an adjustment to visit a cinema because of your disability, cinema staff should make them for you whether you have a CEA Card or not.
The Card is developed by UKCA’s Disability Working Group, whose members include film exhibitors and distributors, and national disability charities such as Action on Hearing Loss, the RNIB, Dimensions and Muscular Dystrophy UK.
A disabled band reduction may apply if anyone in your household is disabled (an adult or a child) and the property has been adapted in order to meet the disabled person's needs. This property must be the disabled person's main home to qualify for the reduction.
You’ll have to show that you’ve either: an extra bathroom, kitchen or other room that you need for the disabled person OR extra space inside the property for using a wheelchair.
You could get a grant from your council if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home, for example to:
Disabled person's bus passes are only available to those who either have a permanent disability or a disability that is expected to last at least 12 months.
Use a benefits calculator to check if you can get Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit before you apply. If you’re ill or disabled, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you:
You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed. You might be transferred to ESA if you’ve been claiming other benefits like Income Support or Incapacity Benefit.
The Motability Scheme exists to give patients, their families and carers greater freedom to get out and about and do the day-to- day things they need and want to do. The Motability Scheme offers an all-inclusive package that allows anyone in receipt of higher rate mobility allowances (such as the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment or the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance) to use their mobility allowance to lease a car, scooter, powered wheelchair or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. The Scheme provides flexible and hassle-free access to a brand new, reliable vehicle of your choice – giving you greater freedom, everyday.
You may be able to get help with some of the extra costs caused by long term ill-health or disability. If you're aged 16 to 64 you could get between £22 and £141.10 a week by claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The amount you get depends on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself. You'll be assessed by a health professional to work out the level of help you can get. Your rate will be regularly reviewed to make sure you’re getting the right support.
You could get Working Tax Credit if either of the following apply:
The basic amount of Working Tax Credit is up to £1,960 a year - you could get more (or less) depending on your circumstances and income.
You can apply for Working Tax Credit even if you don’t have children or you’re on leave or about to start a new job.
This page has been created courtesy of Andrew Myers, a limb loss patient who is dedicated to support others in similar predicaments.
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