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 with day to day living costs and to pay for support and services. Our information gives single parents an overview of what financial and other help is available.

Please note that some of the information in this section has been updated and will be valid from 1st April.

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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 are between the ages of 16 and 65 and 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

Disability living allowance (DLA) is given for children who have a disability or illness that affects their ability to participate in everyday life.

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

You may be able to claim carer’s allowance if you care for an adult or child who is getting disability living allowance care component at the middle or high rate, personal independence payment daily living component at any rate, or attendance allowance at any rate.

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Time off work when you are a carer

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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