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Cost of living support

Help if you’re experiencing illness, disability or supporting someone

Support if you're experiencing illness or have a disability

Check if you or your family may be entitled to benefits for those experiencing illness or disability.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for adults under state retirement age, Attendance Allowance (for those over state retirement age, and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (for children under 16, for new claims) are not means-tested. The assessment considers the way that your health conditions affect your daily living and mobility needs.

Receiving these benefits may increase entitlement to other benefits such as Pension Credit and Council Tax Support.

Seek advice if you are already claiming a disability benefit such as DLA for adults, as your award will stop if you claim PIP instead.

If you’re too unwell to work, you may be entitled to New Style Employment and Support Allowance and/or Universal Credit with Limited Capability for Work or Work Related Activity.

£150 Disability Cost of Living Payment

From 20 September 2022, 6 million people who are paid certain disability benefits will receive an automatic one-off £150 payment.

Check if you’re eligible for the Disability Cost of Living Payment

Care and repair

Care and Repair provide help, advice and support with repairs, maintenance, adaptations and improvements to your home. This service is available to householders aged 65 and over, or adults with a disability living in Wyre and Fylde.

The Care and Repair staff can also give advice and support with local authority grants (where available) and charity funding, and help you to apply for benefits you are entitled to. Find out how to contact the Care and Repair team.

Check your eligibility for carer's allowance

If you are a carer, you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance and/or an extra amount called the ‘carer element’ within Universal Credit. This could mean £69.70 a week in Carer's Allowance if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and you, the person you care for and the type of care you provide meets the criteria.