Login FormClose

Free ESA, PIP and DLA Updates

With over 140,000 subscribers our fortnightly updates bulletin is the UK's leading source of benefits news. Get the facts about what's changing, how it affects you and how to prepare.   Get your free benefits updates now.
Welcome, Guest
Username: Password:
Remember me
Members
  • Page:
  • 1

TOPIC: What other benefits can you get while on DLA?

What other benefits can you get while on DLA? 6 years 11 months ago #37327

  • burntchicken
Hi there,

I have found there are a number of 'help schemes' aimed at people on high rate DLA. But these are not well advertised.

So far I have found:

free travel card, council tax reduction, free heating insulation, free cinema card.

Are there any others?

Thanks.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

Re:What other benefits can you get while on DLA? 6 years 11 months ago #37331

  • pete17971
burntchicken wrote:

Hi there,

I have found there are a number of 'help schemes' aimed at people on high rate DLA. But these are not well advertised.

So far I have found:

free travel card, council tax reduction, free heating insulation, free cinema card.

Are there any others?

Thanks.


Hi,

It it High Rate Care DLA or or High Rate Mobility DLA (or both) you receive, as there are some differing entitlements depending on which is received. Also is it England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you reside in?

Entitlement to things such as the concessionary bus pass can vary depending on the policy of the council area you live in (and in some cases you may qualify to be accompanied by a carer on busses in your area). Also in some local authority areas it gives either free or cheap travel on local trains within a specified area.

You should be entitled to a disabled persons railcard - details here:

www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/

If in a wheelchair you may travel without a railcard and receive a discount, however this only applies to 'Anytime' fares which in general are much more expensive than other tickets (Off Peak or Advanced etc) bought using a disabled railcard. This is particularly so over long distances.

The Cinema card is not free. You have to buy it (£5.50 for one year - it was formerly for three years but it has been changed) and it gives free admission to a person accompanying the card holder.

www.ceacard.co.uk/

If you receive High Rate Mobility, there is automatic qualification for a Blue Badge. Also you can tax a car free in the disabled class if it is for your own use (or use by someone on your behalf for picking up shopping or prescriptions etc). Also you can make use of the Motability scheme to lease or buy a car.

www.direct.gov.uk/en/disabledpeople/moto...transport/dg_4001061

www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/Moto...dlicence/DG_10028003

www.motability.co.uk/main.cfm


An award of DLA may also make a difference to any means tested benefits you may claim.

This Direct ov page gives you some indications as to whay you MAY be entitled to depending on your circumstances and whether it is High Rare Care and/or Mobility you receive.

www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/index.htm

There may also be local concessions to museums, theatres or other entertainment places, but these are at the discretion of the relevant operators/owners and you would need to check with the relevant operators.

Pete

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Page:
  • 1
Moderators: bro58GordonMrs Hurtyback