Benefits for people with a disability and for carers
There are several benefits available to help you with the extra costs you may face if you have Parkinson's or if you are a carer for someone with the condition.
They are not means-tested. So they are not normally affected by any other income or savings you might have.
Benefits you may be entitled to include:
- Attendance Allowance is available if you're aged 65 or over and you need help with personal care or someone to watch over you to make sure you're safe. It's based on what help you need, not on the help you actually get – you don't need to have someone looking after you to qualify.
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a relatively new benefit for people between the ages of 16 and 64 with a long-term illness or disability. PIP has two parts: a daily-living component if you need help with everyday activities and a mobility component if you have difficulty getting around.
- Disability Living Allowance provides help towards the extra costs of bringing up a disabled child. Before PIP was introduced in 2013, disabled adults under 65 could also claim. If you still receive this benefit as an adult, you will be reassessed at some point for transfer to PIP.
- Carer's Allowance is for people who regularly spend 35 hours a week or more caring for someone with substantial caring needs. You do not have to be related to or live with the person you care for. You'll also get National Insurance credits to help towards your State Pension.
- Carer's Credit is intended to protect the State Pension rights of carers who are not able to pay National Insurance contributions and are not entitled to Carer's Allowance.
See our pages on each of these benefits for more information, including whether you qualify and advice on how to claim.