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.
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.
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
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
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