This page provides information about money.
This section is divided into the following categories:
on benefits for families with disabled children.
Information on direct payments.
organisations that give grants to families with disabled
Information on individual budgets.
Information on personal budgets.
Information on how disabled young people can learn
to manage their money.
Guides on different benefits by the
Department for Work and Pensions.
- Benefits & Tax Credits
Carers UK is an organisation
that supports people who care for disabled, sick or elderly
relatives, children, friends and partners. Their website includes
information about benefits and tax credits.
Contact a Family
The Contact a Family website has useful
information about benefits, Tax Credits and other financial
assistance for families with disabled children.
Disabled Children Parents’ Guide: Social Care, Housing and
This guide has been prepared for parents of
disabled children who want to know how to get help for their
child’s social care, housing and health needs.
Living Allowance for deaf children and young people: What is
Updated information about DLA and how to claim
Handbook: 37th edition, April 2012 - April 2013
plain English, the Disability Rights Handbook, contains information
about social security benefits, tax credits and related services
for disabled people. It is useful for parents and carers as well as
UK - Benefits
Resources, training and information on
claiming your entitlement and forthcoming
Rights UK Factsheet - Benefits Checklist
This is an
interactive factsheet designed to give you an idea which benefits,
tax credits, housing grants or other help you might be able to
Disability Rights UK
Factsheet - Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
This is a
factsheet about Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Directgov - Employment and Support Allowance
government's Directgov website includes information about the
Employment and Support Allowance, which is a benefit for people who
cannot work because of illness or disability.
Directgov - Financial support
The government's Directgov
website includes information about the financial support available
to disabled people.
From child to adult: a guide to disability, transition and family
This is a free transition booklet, published by
Working Families, to help figure out how family finances are
affected when a disabled child becomes an adult, and when it is
most advantageous for a young person to start claiming their own
benefits. The booklet includes sections for parents and carers and
disabled young people.
Mencap - Employment and
Mencap have an easy read guide for
people with learning disabilities about the Employment and Support
Meningitis Research Foundation
Disability Rights and Benefits
The Meningitis Research Foundation has a tool for people affected
by meningitis and septicaemia to guide them through the
disabilities rights and benefits system.
Deaf Children's Society guides to filling out Disability Living
Allowance claim forms
Guide to claiming for DLA
which reflects the new (post Jan 2012) form that is now being
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - information for support
organisations and advisers
The Department for Work and Pensions have published a presentation
and a quick guide for support organisations and advisers about
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to help support disabled
Personal Independence Payment
Check how PIP affects you. PIP replaced
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people with a health
condition or disability, aged 16 to 64, on 8 April
Welfare Reform Act 2012
On 8 March 2012 the Welfare Reform
Act received Royal Assent. The Act legislates for the biggest
change to the welfare system for over 60 years.
2. Direct Payments
A guide to receiving directpayments from your local council: A
route to independent living
This is a guide, by the
Department of Health, on how to receive direct payments from your
A Parent's Guide to Direct Payments
The guide is for
people with parental responsibility for disabled children who are
considering using direct payments to purchase part or all of the
services required by their child.
Carers UK - Direct payments quick guide
Carers UK is an
organisation that supports people who care for disabled, sick or
elderly relatives, children, friends and partners. Their website
includes information about direct payments.
Directgov - Direct payments for disabled children
the Government's webpage on Direct payments for disabled
Elected Office Fund
The Access to Elected Office Fund
offers individual grants of between £250 and £20,000 to disabled
people who want to be selected as candidates for an election, or
who are standing for election.
Children Today is the charity that raises funds to
provide specialised equipment for children and young people with
disabilities throughout the UK.
Community Care - List of grant giving charities
Care have a list of charities which give grants to people with
long-term disabililties and chronic health conditions.
Contact a Family
Family is a UK charity for families with disabled children. They
offer information on specific conditions and rare disorders.
A directory of grants for disabled people and their
give grants to help for things that make life easier and more
enjoyable for the disabled child, young person and their
Newlife Foundation offers grants for
essential medical equipment.
The Nihal Armstrong Trust provides children (18
years and under) with cerebral palsy essential pieces of equipment,
communication aids or specific services that their local authority
does not provide.
Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need 2011/12
gives details of a wide range of funds and other support available
for the relief of individual poverty and hardship.
Colours Trust - Individual Grants UK
The True Colours
Trust have a small grants programme for young people between the
ages of 18 to 26 who have a disability and/or complex health care
4. Individual Budgets
Aiming High for Disabled Children: Individual
Information about the Aiming High for Disabled
Children individual budgets (IBs) programme.
a rough guide
This guide aims to tell the story so far
about the personalisation of adult social care services. It is
intended to be a ‘rough guide’, exploring what personalisation is,
where the idea came from and placing the transformation of adult
social care in the wider public service reform agenda.
The Centre for Welfare Reform, in
association with ibk initiatives, has published an evaluation of a
new and radical policy innovation in Sheffield which gives young
people with disabilities and their families a totally new level of
control over their life after school. The evaluation includes a
chapter on individual budgets.
5. Personal Budgets
Information about personal budgets in the NHS and
the Department of Health's pilot programme.
6. Managing Money
This guide, by Radar, explores new
ways of making, saving and looking after your
money. It is based on the experiences of people with
lived experience of disability or health conditions.
your money: Banks can help you
Easy read guide to using
banks for people with learning and literacy difficulties.
Minted! Your guide to managing your money
Created by young
people for young people, the Minted booklet gives some advice about
good money management and examples from young people about how
they’ve done it.
Spending Sense: pfeg's special needs resource
resource is aimed at supporting students with moderate Special
Educational Needs at Key Stage 3 & 4. The resource aims to
develop their understanding of Buying and Selling, Sources of
Income and Problem Solving Money Issues.