Money, Benefits and Allowances (SEND)
Money, Benefits and Allowances information for those special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and their families. Covers Benefits and Grants, Personal Budgets and Direct Payments.
Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
Personal Independence Payments (PIP) help with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or disability. If you are aged 16 to 64. You could get between £23.20 and £148.85 a week. The rate depends on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself. You will need an assessment to work out the level of help you get. Your rate will be regularly reassessed to make sure you’re getting the right support.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults (but not for children under 16 years of age). You will continue to get DLA until the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) writes to you to:
- tell you when it will end
- invite you to apply for PIP
Disabled Facilities Grant
Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) can help fund adaptations to your home to make it suitable for you if you're disabled.
After a means test, if you qualify, then the grant may cover costs up to £30,000. Any costs above this will need to be met by yourself or discussed with your district council.
A Personal Budget is an allocated amount of money issued to help make sure you get the right support and services. There are different types of personal budgets, these are:
A SEN Education personal budget
A personal Health budget
A personal Social Care budget
Direct Payments | Buying your own care services
If you have been assessed as being able to have services from Buckinghamshire County Council you can receive a Direct Payment.
A Direct Payment is money given to you to buy your own care services. A Direct Payment gives you more choice about the support you need, who will provide it and when. Direct payments can be used for things like Personal Care, Day Activities and Respite Care.
including what you can and can not use them for, how they are paid and help with managing them.
The work-life balance organisation Working Families have produced a disability transition guild for Parents and Carers of Disabled Children. The guild helps to answer:
How are family finances affected when your disabled child becomes an adult?
When is it most advantageous for a young person to start claiming their own benefits?
Can you change your working hours to fit with your disabled young person’s new regime?
It also features a guide to working out "better-off calculations" and a list of useful publications, organisations and websites.
Transport and travel information for those with a special educational need or disability (SEND) including travel discounts, travel training and support schemes.
Local and national services and organisations providing information on money and benefit to those with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND). Citizens Advice can also provide advice on managing money and debt, benefits, housing and employment. Show me Citizens Advice Services in Buckinghamshire.
Care Advice Buckinghamshire is a website bringing together information on support and care for adults, their families and carers. Includes information on Living with disabilities.