Welfare Benefits

Information and advice

Mo Aldred has been the Whitby DAG Welfare Rights Advisor since 2000 and can give confidential benefit advice over the telephone or face to face at our Whitby office. Mo can also make home visits in Whitby and District.

Mo can help to complete benefits claim forms and give support at appeals.

 

Types of Benefit

Attendance Allowance (AA)

This is a non-means tested benefit for people over 65 who have personal care needs.

There are two rates of benefit, one for day time care needs and one for both day and night.

 

Carers Allowance (CA)

You may be able to claim Carers Allowance if:

The person you are caring for gets Disability Living Allowance, middle or higher rate care component, or Attendance Allowance.

You are not earning more than £100 per week on average.

You are aged over 16.

You do not study for 20 hours or more per week.

 

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

gradually being replaced from April 2013 by...

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

 

This is a non-means tested benefit for people up to the age of 65 with a long term, permanent condition that affects their walking ability and their ability to look after themselves at home.

The mobility component is paid at lower or higher rate and the care component is paid at lower, middle or higher rate. ( standard and enhanceed rates only on the PIP)

 

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Introduced in October 2008 to replace Income Support and Incapacity Benefit, ESA is paid if you are unable to work or have limited capability for work because of illness or disability.

There are two types of ESA - Contributory and Income-related.

To qualify you must be aged between 16 years and under the state pension age.

 

Benefits Check

We can provide a full Benefits Check to assess your entitlement to any benefits. DAG charges for the Welfare Benefits Service at the following rates:

Full Benefits Check - £10.00

Attendance Allowance - Equivalent to one week's benefit if claim is successful.

Carers Allowance - £25.00 if the claim is successful.

Disability Living Allowance - Equivalent to one week's benefit if claim is successful.

Employment and Support Allowance - £25.00 if the claim is successful.