Benefits for people with a disability and for carers
There are benefits available to help you with the extra costs you may face if you have Parkinson's, or if you're a carer for someone with the condition.
They're not means-tested, so they're 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 State Pension age and you have an illness or disability which means you need help with your personal care or safety.
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a relatively new benefit for people between the ages of 16 and State Pension age who have a long-term illness or disability. PIP has 2 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 has been replaced for people aged between 16 and 64 by PIP for new claims. If you're aged 65 or over, then depending on your age and situation, you might continue to get Disability Living Allowance, or you may need to claim PIP or Attendance Allowance instead.
- Carer's Allowance is for people who regularly spend 35 hours a week or more caring for someone with substantial caring needs. You don't 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.
Ditch disability benefits cuts
People with Parkinson's rely on financial support to stay independent and in control. We're campaigning to stop harmful disability benefits cuts.