Disability Benefits

There are several benefits which the person you care for may be able to receive. The two main benefits available are the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people under 65 and Attendance Allowance for those over 65.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

PIP has replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for all new claimants from June 2013. Most existing DLA recipients are due to be reassessed for PIP between now and 2018. PIP has a care and a mobility component. If the person needs help with washing and dressing, eating meals or needs to be supervised for their own safety they may be eligible for the care component. If a person has significant difficulty walking outside the home they may be eligible for the mobility component.

Disabled people can apply for one or both components. Different rates are paid depending on the severity of the care and mobility needs.

Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance only covers care needs such as washing and dressing, eating and supervision by others. There are two rates of Attendance Allowance, £54.45 and £81.30, based on how much help is required.

Both Luton Citizens Advice Bureau and Age Concern Luton can assist with completing these forms.