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If you have health issues then this page will give you more information on how the new benefit changes may affect your current benefit payments. This page includes information about Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment paid to disabled people including those in work regardless of their income as well as Employment and Support Allowance (and the benefits it replaced) which are paid to people who are too ill to work. It also includes information about how help with housing costs is changing and what to do if something goes wrong with your claim.

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More help for people who lose their motability carsMotability has now extended the level of help they give when people lose their motability cars either on transfer from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or when their PIP award gets renewed. The length of time that they will continue to let you keep the car has increased from 3 weeks to […]Find out more...
Benefit Cap changesThe benefit cap is increasing in Coventry and Birmingham. There will be additional advice sessions in Covnetry to assist those affectedFind out more...
Appeal success rateDuring the second quarter of 2016 (April to June) Coventry Law Centre was successful in: 88% of Personal Independence Appeals, 86% of Employment and Support Allowance appeals 50% of Disability Living Allowance appeals 91% of non disability appeals (known as 01 appeals) We represented at 121 appeals during this period. Coventry Law Centre has an […]Find out more...

Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a non means-tested benefit which is paid to people who need extra help because of mobility problems or because they need help to look after themselves. Adults who get DLA will be transferred on to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) before March 2018. This process is explained in the article Changes to DLA If this process or any other medical means that your award is reduced you should refer to the articles Rate of PIP or DLA has been reduced and Have you failed a PIP medical? The award of DLA or PIP has implications for other benefits and for more about this you should refer to the articles How DLA and PIP can help you to get an increase in other benefits and Universal Credit and Changes for Carers. If you need help with any aspects of claims for these benefits see the article Where to get advice.

 

Changes to Disability Living AllowanceInformation about what happens when you are transferred from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence PaymentFind out more...
Have you failed a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) medical?Information about what to do if you are refused Personal Independence Payment because you do not score enough points at your medicalFind out more...
How Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment can help you to get an increase in other benefitsInformation explaining how getting Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment can help you to get increases in other benefitsFind out more...
Rate of Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance Has Been ReducedInformation on what happens when your Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment is being reviewed and what you can do about thisFind out more...
Universal Credit and Changes for CarersInformation about the way carers benefit are affected by the introduction of Universal CreditFind out more...
Where to get adviceInformation about where to get face to face advice on benefits and financial issuesFind out more...

 

Employment and Support Allowance or Incapacity Benefit

People who have been claiming benefits on the basis of ill-health may still be receiving Incapacity Benefit (IB), Severe Disablement Allowance and Income Support and should refer to the article Changes to IB, SDA and IS paid on the basis of sickness when they are transferred on to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). More information about ESA is in the ESA article. If you have problems with ESA medicals you should refer to the article Have you failed a medical for ESA?  People who are found to be too ill to work will be placed in one of two groups and should refer to Work Related Activity Group and Support Group for more information.  People who are placed in the work related activity group will have to undertake work related activity and can be at risk of being sanctioned. Help with this problem is in the article ESA sanctions. People who make a second claim for ESA after previously failing a medical or appeal can be refused payment and should refer to the article repeat ESA claims. People who get ESA will eventually be transferred on to Universal Credit (UC) and more information about this is in the article Claiming UC if you are sick. People who are both too ill to work and also carers should refer to the article UC and Changes for carers. If you need help with any aspect of claims for these benefits see the article Where to get advice

 

Changes to Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Income Support Paid on the Basis of SicknessInformation about what happens when you are transferred from Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Income Support to Employment and Support Allowance and what you need to doFind out more...
Claiming Universal Credit If You Are SickInformation about what will happen to people who are claiming Employment and Support Allowance when they are transferred on to Universal Credit Find out more...
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)An overview explaining all the key rules about Employment and Support Allowance - who gets it, how much you get and how to claimFind out more...
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) SanctionsInformation about what will happen if you are sanctioned while claiming Employment and Support Allowance and what you can do about thisFind out more...
Have you failed a medical for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)?Information about what happens if you are not accepted as having limited capbility for work and how to challenge this decisionFind out more...
Repeat ESA ClaimsInformation explaining what will happen if you make a second claim for Employment and Support Allowance after a previous claim has been refused and what you can do about thisFind out more...
Universal Credit and Changes for CarersInformation about the way carers benefit are affected by the introduction of Universal CreditFind out more...
Where to get adviceInformation about where to get face to face advice on benefits and financial issuesFind out more...
Work Related Activity Group and Support GroupAn explanation of how the Department for Work and Pensions decide whether Work-Related Activity Group or Support Group is right for you Find out more...

 

Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit (HB) is a benefit paid by the local authority to meet the cost of rent either in full or in part. People who get Universal Credit (UC) will have their housing costs paid as part of that benefit. There are a number of reasons why the level of HB and UC paid is less than the level of rent and these are explained in the article HB and UC housing costs restrictions. These reasons include the Bedroom Tax, the Benefit Cap and Housing Costs Contributions and Non-Dependents. These three articles suggest ways of tackling these problems but failing this claimants may want to consider asking for a Discretionary Housing Payment. If you need help with any aspect of claims for these benefits see the article Where to get advice

Bedroom TaxInformation about the Bedroom Tax which explains how it works, who it applies to and what you can do if you are affectedFind out more...
Benefit CapInformation explaining how the benefit cap works, who is affetced and what you can do if it applies to youFind out more...
Discretionary Housing PaymentInformation about Discretionary Housing Payment and how to claim thisFind out more...
Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Housing Cost RestrictionsInformaiton about Local Housing Allowance and rent restrictions for people who are under 35Find out more...
Housing Costs Contributions and Non-dependentsInformation to explain how much other people living in your house are expected to pay you towards the rent or mortgage and how this will change under Universal Credit Find out more...
Where to get adviceInformation about where to get face to face advice on benefits and financial issuesFind out more...

 

Something Wrong With Your Claim?

This section of the website gives advice on some of the most common crisis situations arising due to welfare reform. More advice on two of these situations is contained in the articles Have you failed a medical for ESA? and Overpayments of UC, Contributory ESA and Contributory JSA. A broader range of problems which can leave you without income and suggested solutions is covered in the article What to do if you have no income? If you wish to dispute a decision that has been made against you, you will need to go through the Mandatory Reconsideration process. If you need help with any situation when something has gone wrong see the article Where to get advice

 

Have you failed a medical for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)?Information about what happens if you are not accepted as having limited capbility for work and how to challenge this decisionFind out more...
Mandatory ReconsiderationAn explanation of Mandatory Reconsideration the first stage of disputing a decision that has gone against you and how to make it work to increase your chances of successFind out more...
Overpayments of Universal Credit, Contributory Employment Support Allowance and Contributory Job Seekers AllowanceAn explanation of the rules which will apply to Universal Credit, Contributory Job Seeker's Allowance and Contributory Employment and Support Allowance and how overpayments will be recoveredFind out more...
What To Do If You Have No Income?Information about the main reasons you may have no income and suggestions of what you can do depending on your cirucmstancesFind out more...
Where to get adviceInformation about where to get face to face advice on benefits and financial issuesFind out more...