DWP benefits and sanctions
Health and social care benefits
The following health and social care benefits are offered to citizens who qualify. These benefits are managed and paid by central government. For more information please use the links below.
Attendance Allowance is a tax-free benefit for people aged 65 or over who need someone to help look after them because they are physically or mentally disabled. Find out if you are eligible and how to claim Attendance Allowance.
Carer's Allowance is a taxable benefit to help people who look after someone who is disabled. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person that you care for. Find out if you are eligible and how to claim Carer’s Allowance.
Disability Living Allowance
Disability Living Allowance - sometimes referred to as DLA - is a tax-free benefit for disabled children and adults who need someone to help look after them, or have walking difficulties. Find out more about how you can claim Disability Living Allowance.
Disabled Facilities Grant
The Disabled Facilities grant can help towards the cost of adapting your home so you can live independently. A financial means test will be carried out to determine the amount you will be entitled to. Find out more about how you can claim a Disabled Facilities Grant.
Employment and Support Allowance
Employment and Support Allowance replaces Incapacity Benefit and Income Support that is paid because of an illness or disability for new claimants from 27 October 2008. If you are already receiving Incapacity Benefit, you will continue to get it as long as you are eligible. Find out more about Employment and Support Allowance.
Help with health costs
Most National Health Service (NHS) treatment is free but there can be charges for some things. You may be able to get help with NHS health costs if for example you're on a low income. Find out more about help with health costs.
If you can't work because of illness or disability you may be able to get Incapacity Benefit (IB), a weekly payment for people under State Pension age - currently 60 for women and 65 for men. Find out more about Incapacity Benefit.
When you leave care there'll be a meeting to help you work out what you're going to do next and what help and support is available.
Please see our Benefits advice page for advice, guidance and assistance with the full range of welfare benefits. You can also use the government's benefit calculators to find out how much Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support you may claim.