Grants, loans and other support

Alongside welfare benefits, there are many other types of grants, loans, concessionary schemes or financial support that may be available for people with Parkinson's.

These include:

  • Grants and loans for people on a low income to help with certain one-off or occasional expenses such as funeral costs or cold weather. Local welfare assistance schemes and advance payments of benefits may also be available to help people in crisis situations.

  • Help with health costs. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for help towards some health costs that you might otherwise pay for, such as prescriptions, eye tests and glasses, dental treatment or travel costs to hospital.

  • Help getting around. You may be entitled to help getting around if you have mobility issues, such as the Blue Badge parking scheme, and various travel concessions and exemptions. 

  • Help with Council Tax. You may be able to get help with your Council Tax through a Council Tax discount, the Disability Reduction scheme, or through a Council Tax Reduction scheme managed by your local authority.

  • Continuing Health Care is a package of care arranged and funded by the NHS in England and Wales, that may be available for people with a high level of healthcare needs. See our information on NHS Continuing Healthcare for more information.

  • In some areas of the UK, Parkinson's UK Take Control Grants may be available for people in financial need to help fund electrical items, respite care, specialist equipment or activities.