Disability, sickness and care benefits

If you, or your child, have a disability or illness or you care for someone with a disability or illness you may be able to get benefits to help. These benefits can help with day to day living costs or pay for support and services. Our information gives single parents an overview of what financial and other help is available.

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Financial help when you’re not able to work

If you have an illness that limits your ability to work you may be able to claim new style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Universal Credit or Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from your employer.

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Financial help if you have a disability or long-term illness

You may get Personal Independence Payment if you have a medical condition, or disability, that affects your ability to participate in everyday life.

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Financial help for children with a disability or long-term illness

Child Disability Payment and Disability Living Allowance are given for children who have a disability or illness that affects their ability to participate in everyday life. Child Disability Payment has replaced Disability Living Allowance for children in Scotland.

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Financial help if you are caring for someone with a disability or illness

You may get Carer’s Allowance or Young Carer Grant if you care for an adult or child for at least 35 hours per week.

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Time off work when you care for someone

If you have people who depend on you for care you are entitled to take ‘reasonable’ time off work to deal with a crisis involving them.

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