Cost of Living Support and what it means for the Parkinson's community

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the Cost of Living Support package. Here's what it means for people with Parkinson's.

As the cost of living rises the UK Government has announced the support households across the UK will receive. For our community, this means:

  • People with Parkinson's who claim means-tested benefits will get a one-off payment of £650. This includes Income Based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Pension Credit.
  • Anyone who claims Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will receive a further one-off payment of £150. A separate one-off payment of £300 will be made to pensioner households 
  • Every household will receive a £400 reduction in their energy bills. You won’t need to pay this back as energy suppliers will automatically apply the reduction to bills from October 2022.  For those in Northern Ireland, how this will be administered is still being agreed.

The £650 for people on means-tested benefits will be paid in two lump sums. The first amount will be in July 2022 and the second in the autumn. Both the £650 and £150 payments are tax-free. Neither will count towards the benefit cap and will not have any impact on existing benefit awards.

Overall, people with Parkinson's who claim both means-tested benefits (like Universal Credit or ESA), and disability benefits (like PIP or DLA) will have their income boosted by £1,200.

Welcome news

Sue Christoforou, Senior Policy and Campaigns Adviser at Parkinson's UK said:

“We welcome the Chancellor's announcement today and think this additional financial support will make a difference to the 145,000 people living with Parkinson’s in the UK who face higher disability-related costs and especially those on the lowest incomes. 

“We believe the benefits system isn’t set at the right level to support those living with disabilities. But at a time when people need money with the cost of living spiralling uncontrollably, today’s announcement is a step in the right direction.” 

Share how the cost of living is impacting you 

We know from past research that living with Parkinson’s can cost a household more each year. 

We want to hear how the cost of living crisis is affecting your household and how the support the Chancellor has announced will help you.

Support for you

Our Parkinson's advisers can support anyone with Parkinson's, their family or carer. Call 0808 800 0303 to get in touch.