Benefits for working age people

You can get financial help if you struggle to work or can't work because of Parkinson's.

The benefits you're entitled to will depend on your age, your income or savings, and whether you're currently employed or have paid enough in National Insurance contributions.

You may be able to claim:

  • Statutory Sick Pay if you are still employed but are unable to work because of ill health. It is paid by your employer for the first 28 weeks of any period of sickness lasting 4 or more days. Your employer may pay extra sick pay on top of Statutory Sick Pay

  • Jobseeker's Allowance if you are out of work or work fewer than 16 hours a week, and are looking for work. It is available if you have paid enough in National Insurance contributions  

  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if your ability to work is limited by your health or disability

  • Universal Credit which is a new means-tested benefit that will eventually replace 6 existing benefits with a single payment for those who are out of work or on a low income. 

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.