This fund is to help you pay for specific extra expenses arising from maternity, a funeral, periods of cold weather and winter fuel payments. (You will need to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit)
You may also be able to get extra financial support if you already receive or are eligible for the following:
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Benefit
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Maintenance
- The Disabled Child Premium and the Enhanced Disability Premium (child rate).
Contact your job centre or Citizens Advice Bureau – they’ll be able to advise you in more detail.
You have the statutory right to ask for flexible working if you have, or expect to have, parental responsibility for a disabled child under 18 who receives Disability Living Allowance. Under the law, your employer must seriously consider an application you make, and only reject it if there are good business reasons for doing so.
- gov.uk: the Benefits Adviser provides information about all benefits, including disabilities.
- Adviceguide: run by the Citizens Advice Bureau.
- Benefits Enquiry Line: Freephone 0800 882200. Advice and a form-completion service for some benefits.
- Turn 2 Us: Freephone: 0808 802 2000. Benefits, grants and other help and advice.
Carer’s Allowance is extra money to help you look after your child if they have substantial caring needs. You could also get Carer’s Credit so there won’t be any gaps in your National Insurance record. Carer’s Allowance is £67.25 a week. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for your child.
Telephone: 0800 731 0297
DLA for children can help you with the extra costs of looking after your disabled child. Your child must be under 16 and have difficulties walking or needs more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability. The DLA rate is between £21.80 and £139.75 a week and depends on the level of help your child needs. Your child might need an assessment to work out what help they need.
Disability Living Allowance telephone: 0345 712 3456