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This is a tax-free benefit for people who are over state pension age when they start to need help or supervision with personal care tasks. It is not means tested so it does not matter how much income or capital a person has.
The Benefit Cap is a limit to the total amount in means-tested benefits that working-age people can receive, even if their full entitlement would otherwise be higher.
Carers Allowance is the only benefit specifically for carers. This factsheet explains the rules for getting this benefit. It shows how getting Carers Allowance can have an effect on other benefits. It is important to check whether claiming Carers Allowance is the best option for both the carer and the disabled person.
Information on how going in to residential or nursing care can affect benefits.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax-free benefit for adults and children who have
disabilities. It is not means tested so it does not matter how much income or capital a person has.
Time spent in an NHS hospital can reduce the amount of benefit a person can get. Some benefits stop being paid while the claimant is in hospital.
This factsheet only applies to people who have been receiving Income Support because of sickness continuously since 27 October 2008. Income Support was being phased out for people who are sick and being replaced by Employment and Support Allowance, which in turn, is being replaced by Universal Credit.
Pension Credit has two parts; Guarantee Credit and the Savings Credit. The Guarantee Credit replaced Income Support for older people. The Savings Credit is a way some people can get extra help if they have saved for their retirement.
Council tax support is the help you can get with your council tax payments. The amount of council tax that you must pay varies from authority to authority but it is based on the property band that applies to your home.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is the new disability benefit that will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults of working age – that is for people aged 16 – Qualifying Pension Age.
Council tax support is the help you can get with your council tax payments. The amount of council tax that you must pay varies from authority to authority but it is based on the property band that applies to your home
Universal Credit is a means-tested benefit, which integrates a number of existing benefits into one monthly payment. It is a means-tested benefit, and people will not be eligible if they have savings, income or assets worth more than £16,000.
Universal Credit replaces several existing means-tested benefits and is usually a single monthly payment. The existing benefits are now referred to as ‘legacy benefits’.
Find out more on the Welfare Benefits page.