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 (or from December 2018, over State Pension age) and you have an illness or disability which means you need help with personal care or someone to watch over you to make sure you're safe.
- 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 is being replaced for people aged between 16 and 64 by PIP. If you are aged 65 or over, then depending on your age and circumstances you may 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 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.