Disability and carers
You may be eligible for the following benefits, if you are disabled or caring for someone.
This is a summary of the main criteria for information only. Any award will be subject to application and meeting the full eligibility criteria. If you would like more details or need advice, contact the welfare rights team.
This information is correct at the date of publishing on 1 December 2020, but may be subject to change.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Personal Independence Payment helps with the cost of a long-term health condition or disability for people aged 16 to 64. You must need help with personal care and/or getting around. It is not means tested and does not reduce other benefits. It may even increase the amount of benefit you get or help you to qualify for other benefits.
Attendance Allowance (AA)
Attendance Allowance is extra money to help with your care needs if you are aged 65 or over and you have an illness or disability. It can be paid regardless of your income, savings or National Insurance contribution record and is a tax free benefit. It is not means tested and does not reduce other benefits. It may even increase the amount of benefit you get or help you to qualify for other benefits.
Disability Living Allowance
If you are looking after a child with a health condition or disability who is under the age of 16, they may be entitled to Disability Living Allowance. This can help towards the extra care and mobility needs of a disabled child. It is not means tested and does not reduce other benefits. It may even increase the amount of benefit you get or help you to qualify for other benefits.
Carer's Allowance is the main welfare benefit to help carers. You don't have to be related to or live with the person you care for. The person you care for must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit (certain rates of AA, DLA or PIP) and you must meet the specific criteria and provide care for at least 35 hours each week. Payment of this benefit can affect other benefits the person being looked after may be in receipt of, so always seek advice.
Carer's Allowance Supplement
Carer's Allowance Supplement is an extra payment for people in Scotland who get Carer's Allowance on a particular date.
Carer's Allowance Supplement is paid 2 times a year and from April 2020 the rate will be £230.10 per payment.
Young Carer Grant
Young Carer Grant is a yearly payment of £305.10 for young carers in Scotland.
To be able to get Young Carer Grant, you must be 16, 17 or 18 years old.
Council Tax Reduction
You may qualify for help to pay your Council Tax if you are on a low income, out of work or have little or no savings. The amount of Council Tax Reduction you receive depends on your circumstances.
If you're disabled or have a health condition that affects your mobility, you can apply for a blue badge.
Elderly & Disabled National Entitlement Pass (Bus Pass)
You may be eligible for a bus pass if you receive certain rates of Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment or meet other physical or mental health criteria.
The Motability Scheme provides access to a new car, scototer or powered wheelchair. You must be in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of PIP.
Road Tax Exemption
If you are a disabled driver, you may get an exemption from paying, or a reduction in road tax. You must be in receipt of DLA or PIP mobility component.
Fares to Hospital
This may be awarded for attendance at appointments or treatment for the patient (and carer if needed). You must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
This scheme offers reduced taxi fares and train travel for those who can't use buses. You must have severe and permanent physical disability and not have regular access to private motorised transport.