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Benefits

We hope the following resources will be helpful for anyone who wishes to find out if they are entitled to benefits and how they can claim along with helpful advice on how to fill out the claim forms which can seem at times long and confusing to complete.

There are some agencies who will assist people in filling up claim forms, especially those who are disabled, mentally ill or elderly. Some of those agencies include Age UK, MIND, Citizen Advice Bureau, Rethink and Disability Centres. For those who have Support Workers they may also be able to assist.

If anyone is struggling to complete benefits forms and cannot access help from the above agencies please contact us and we will see if any other local organisation can assist. 

SOME AGENCIES WHICH GIVE ADVICE, INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/
Information on benefits and tax credits if you are working or unemployed, sick or disabled, a parent, a young person, an older person or a veteran. There is also information about council tax and housing costs, national insurance etc.

www.benefitsandwork.co.uk
Advice on claiming ESA support and other benefits

www.benefitsguide.co.uk
A free to use resource which provides clear and comprehensive information on all available UK welfare benefits as well as guidance on benefit applications, appeals, emergency assistance & legal help.

http://www.adviceuk.org.uk/looking-for-advice/other-sources-of-advice/benefits-advice/
Resources for benefits advice and information

https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits
Government website which gives information relating to all benefits and entitlement and how to claim

https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators
Use an independent benefits calculator to find out: what benefits you could get, how to claim, how your benefits will be affected if you start work. These are free to use, anonymous, and have replaced the Benefits Adviser service

https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/our-policy-work/benefits/where-you-can-find-help/
Information and resources 

Cancer and Benefits
https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/organising/benefits-and-financial-support/benefits-and-your-rights/index.html#161427
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Carers and Benefits
https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/financial-support/help-with-benefits - information on benefits for Carers

Crohns/Colitis and Benefits
https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/support/disability-benefits
Living with long-term conditions like Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis may well 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

Disability and Benefits
https://www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/benefits/advice
Information on Disability Benefits including how to find your local Disability Centre. 

Disability Benefits and Entitlements for Children  https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/financial-support-if-you-or-your-child-has-a-disability

Fibromyalgia and Benefits http://www.fibromyalgiasyndrome.co.uk/seeking-benefits-suffer-fibromyalgia.html

M.E. and Benefits
https://www.actionforme.org.uk/living-with-me/welfare-benefits/
If you have M.E. or care for someone who has M.E., you may be entitled to claim welfare benefits.  It's best to undergo a complete benefits check to see what you are entitled to. For this and other welfare benefits advice, you can contact Action for M.E.'s free and confidential Welfare Advice and Support Service, which provides advice on welfare benefits to people affected by M.E. over the phone. Action for M.E. produces a range of factsheets about the benefits available, including information on applying and, if necessary, appealing

Mental Health and Benefits -  Rethink site https://www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org/en/advice-topics/welfare-benefits/

Older People and Benefits
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/benefits-entitlements/
Each year up to £3.5bn of Pension Credit and Housing Benefit goes unclaimed by older people. Website explains entitlements and how to claim.

Parkinsons and Benefits
https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/money-grants-and-benefits
If you have Parkinson's or care for someone who does, you may have concerns about how you will manage financially. But there is support available, so it's important to find out what you're entitled to.

Citizen Advice Bureaux - Find your Local Citizen Advice Bureau
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/how-we-provide-advice/advice/search-for-your-local-citizens-advice/

MIND - Find your local branch of MIND
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds/

GRANTS PEOPLE ON BENEFITS CAN APPLY FOR

Turn 2 Us - Information on Benefits & Grants https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Find-Benefits-Grants
You could be missing out on financial help available to you through welfare benefits or grants. Our free and easy-to-use Benefits Calculator and Grants Search tools can help you check what you might be able to claim or apply for.

Grants for Energy Bills https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/energy-supply/get-help-paying-your-bills/grants-and-benefits-to-help-you-pay-your-energy-bills/

Emergency Funding
https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/emergency-funding.aspx

SUPPORTLINE is in need of its own fundraising volunteers across the country who can raise much needed funds for the charity. If you can help please contact us for an information pack.

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