If you’re blind or partially sighted, or your child is, then you might qualify for other financial help.
Transport and getting around
- Disabled bus pass – you can apply through your local authority
- Blue badge – to park in disabled spaces
- Vehicle tax exemption or reduction – if you have your own car and you have a nominated driver and you are in receipt of higher mobility Disability Living Allowance(DLA) or enhanced rate mobility for Personal Independence Payment(PIP)
- Leasing a car, powered wheelchair or scooter – if you’re in receipt of high rate Disability Living Allowance mobility component or enhanced rate mobility for Personal Independence Payment(PIP)
- Disabled railcard – get 1/3 off adult rail fares, and if you’re travelling with another adult they will get a 1/3 off too
- Freedom Pass – if you live in London a freedom pass allows free travel across the city, you can apply through your local authority
If you or your parent/guardian are in receipt of certain benefits you may be entitled to the following:
You can get advice on money and debt from Money Advice, they also offer live web chat which can be busy, but do keep trying.
Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people who look after a disabled person. Only one parent can claim for Carer’s Allowance.
You will qualify for Carer’s Allowance if you:
- Are aged 16 and over
- Are caring for someone who is receiving the highest or middle rate of Disability Living Allowance care component
- Provide care for at least 35 hours a week (any time)
- Are not earning more than £120 a week
- Are not a full-time student
- Satisfy certain residence conditions and you are not a person subject to immigration control
How to apply?
- Complete the online form
- Within 4 weeks you will get a letter. This is called the ‘award letter’, it will tell you what you are entitled to, how much and when you will get your first payment