Patricia Pearl - Small Claims Procedure - A Practical Guide


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    Default Getting DLA now - what else can i claim?

    i have a special needs daughter that was statemented all through her schooling and college life.
    she is now approaching 21yrs old this xmas

    after no financial help whatsoever [nothing for 20yrs!] eventually last year i managed to get DLA [on the unattended travel bit] for her.

    does this open up any other doors?
    she is not, nor has, ever been in work.
    not signing nor nothing.

    thoughts please [rent? ctax? relief?]

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    Default Re: Getting DLA now - what else can i claim?

    ESA perhaps but her's would have to be the "Income Based" type.
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    Re. CTB and HB/LHA it depends on if she lives with you or not.

    There are some on-line benefits calculators available and an ESA form for those who want to see what's involved, see below.
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    Default Re: Getting DLA now - what else can i claim?

    Quote Originally Posted by dx100uk View Post
    i have a special needs daughter that was statemented all through her schooling and college life.
    she is now approaching 21yrs old this xmas

    after no financial help whatsoever [nothing for 20yrs!] eventually last year i managed to get DLA [on the unattended travel bit] for her.

    does this open up any other doors?
    she is not, nor has, ever been in work.
    not signing nor nothing.

    thoughts please [rent? ctax? relief?]

    DX
    Can you clarify what rate of DLA?


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    Default Re: Getting DLA now - what else can i claim?

    Quote Originally Posted by loan_ranger View Post
    ESA perhaps but her's would have to be the "Income Based" type.
    Employment and Support Allowance : Directgov - Disabled people

    Re. CTB and HB/LHA it depends on if she lives with you or not.

    There are some on-line benefits calculators available and an ESA form for those who want to see what's involved, see below.
    (permalink)
    It does sound like it's worth applying for ESA, but it may not have to be income-related. ESA Youth, or ESA(Y) could be available to a person who has, effectively, never had the chance to make the required NI contributions because their disability has prevented them from working for a significant part of their adult lives.

    I should make it clear to the OP - ESA does not depend on an award of DLA. Plenty of recipients of ESA don't get any rate of DLA at all. But if ESA were to be awarded, an award of DLA at the middle or higher rate care component may increase the amount of ESA due.

    ESA is paid to people who have limited capability for work (or no capability at all) because of an illness or disability. It sounds like it is certainly worth your daughter making an application.


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    Default Re: Getting DLA now - what else can i claim?

    As asked above, what rates is she getting for both elements of DLA?

    Does she live with you or independently, or in assisted accommodation?

    If with you, do you/your partner work FT or does someone care for daughter for more than 35 hrs a week?

    As yu can see there are a lot of variations, but some of the possibilities for her or her carers are:

    Housing and/or council tax benefit: a disability premium can be substantial for a rebate. We paid council tax for years without realising that we were entitled to 100% rebate due to disabled child. We're homeowners so don't get HB, but that can also reduce rent liability if tenant.

    Carer's Allowance if the carer cares for the disabled person for more than 35 hours a week and earns less than a certain amount (about 90/week). CA is only about 55 a week, but every little bit helps. It is however a taxable benefit and so can affect other benefits.

    More info on which rates she's getting will help in determining what other benefits may be available.

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    Default Re: Getting DLA now - what else can i claim?

    My G'Daughter has Aspergers and gets free bus travel for herself [and any carer over the age of 16 who travels with her]


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    Quote Originally Posted by middenmess View Post
    My G'Daughter has Aspergers and gets free bus travel for herself [and any carer over the age of 16 who travels with her]
    Good point middenmess, I think all LA's have similar free bus travel schemes, round my way DLA middle or high rate means you are eligible.

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    Default Re: Getting DLA now - what else can i claim?

    ok great info you lot.

    i'll dig out the paperwork tomorrow.

    just to muddy the waters somewhat.......

    i am living down south on my own, in rented council house, the family are all in scotland at the mortgaged family owed business, i sadly failed to secure early retirement due to the financial climate and still work ft. my daughter is not with me.

    she is not disabled in the physical nor mental state, just suffered her first 3yrs not being able to hear, so is about 5-7yrs behind her expected educational expectations.

    keep the ideas and info coming.

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    Default Re: Getting DLA now - what else can i claim?

    My deaf son (from birth) receives SDA topped up with IS. Also DLA top rate care and top rate mobility (cannot travel independantly) not just deaf other conditions aswell.
    Do not no if SDA is going to same way as IB.




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