The Dracaena Centre can facilitate advice and representation for the following:
–Completing application forms for disability benefits including:
– Employment and Support Allowance (ESA50)
– Universal Credit (UC50)
– Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
– Disability Living Allowance for children
-Appealing Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
EMPLOYMENT & SUPPORT ALLOWANCE (ESA)
What is Employment & Support Allowance?
Employment & Support Allowance is a benefit for people who have ‘limited capability for work’. Typically, this means people who are unable to work because of illness or disability. There are two elements to Employment & Support Allowance: contributory Employment & Support Allowance and income related Employment & Support Allowance. You can receive either of these two elements, and in some cases, both at the same time depending on your circumstance.
Entitlement to Employment & Support Allowance is assessed by passing a test called the Work Capabilities Assessment. All claimants are expected to send in a ‘fit note’ (this is formerly known as a sick note) which is produced by your GP for the duration of the claim.
If you pass the Work Capabilities Assessment, then you will be assessed as to whether you have limited capability for work related activity. This determines whether you are placed in the support group or work-related activity group of Employment & Support Allowance.
Who can claim Employment & Support Allowance?
You can claim Employment & Support Allowance if you meet the following:
· You have limited capability for work and
· You are aged over 16 or over but under pension age and
· You are not entitled in your own right to claim Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance and are not in a couple entitled to a joint claim for Jobseekers Allowance and
· You are not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay and
· Satisfy the rules for Contributory Employment & Support Allowance or Income Related Employment & Support Allowance.
You can also Employment & Support Allowance if you are a member of a couple and both of you are entitled to make a claim for Income Related Employment & Support Allowance. If this is the case and one of you is more likely to be assessed as having limited capability for work, then that member should make the joint claim.
PERSONAL INDEPEPENDENCE APAYMENT (PIP)
Personal Independence Payments otherwise known as PIP is a non-means-tested benefit that replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged between 16 and 64 from April 2013. PIP is intended to help towards the extra costs of having a long-term health condition or disability. It can be paid to anybody who meets the conditions regardless of their income, savings, or the amount of National Insurance Contributions that you have paid over the years.
Awards will be made to you if your health condition or disability has the required degree of impact on your ability to take part in everyday life. It will be made up of a daily living component and a mobility component. Within each component there will be a standard and an enhanced rate.
A person can be awarded either one component or both components of PIP:
· To qualify for the standard rate, your ability to undertake daily living or mobility activities must be ‘limited’ by your physical or mental condition; or
· To qualify for the enhanced rate, your ability to undertake daily living or mobility activities must be ‘severely limited’ by your physical or mental condition.
How will PIP affect my other benefits?
· If you are entitled to the daily living component of PIP, then a carer may be able to claim carer’s allowance for looking after you.
· PIP will not be counted as income for means-tested benefits or tax credits.
· If you are entitled to PIP, you will have access to the system of disability premiums and additions in the current benefits system, and disability elements for tax credits, in a similar way to Disability Living Allowance.
· If you get the enhanced rate of the PIP mobility component, you can have access to the Motability scheme if your award has over a year left to run Child and Family Law
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE AND WE STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE BEFORE IN RELATION TO THE WELFARE MATTERS DISCUSSED ABOVE.