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Hi i was put on low dla 15 yrs ago,it has never changed,i am a pensioner,
ihave fibromyalgia and arthritis both ful,also have an earing aid,,and have now got lung cancer,i cant walk far,get short of breath,i just get a small pension,and low d l a,,,i live on. My own,so dont know how to change or claim more benefit,ty,

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  • BenefitsTrainingCo
    BenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,628 Pioneering
    Hi Angelrose

    Your DLA can be increased to the middle or the highest rate of the care component even if you are now over 65. But if you do not already get the mobility component of DLA and are now over 65 then this is not available to you.

    I assume you mean you have a small state retirement pension? You may also qualify for pension credit which can be paid on top of your retirement pension or even on its own. Whether you qualify and for how much will depend on the level of other income that you have. If your DLA is increased it could mean you get quite a lot more in pension credit.

    There are other benefits that will be worth exploring. Particularly housing benefit and council tax reduction. Again amounts depend on a number of factors including the level of income you have from other sources.

    For more information i suggest you have a look at the Scope pages here and make claims as soon as possible.

    David
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
  • angelrose
    angelrose Member Posts: 4
    Hi david,i am 66 yrs,i got diagnosed with lung cancer 3 weeks ago,,i hardly get about now,my son takes me shopping in the week,when thru the benefit list,but dont know who to contact,i am on 2 small pensions,but only the lowest dLA ,dontknow who to phone about this,has its never changed in 15 yrs,i need a mobility scooter,but how do i go about this,,it would would help me,,,,,,,,,
  • BenefitsTrainingCo
    BenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,628 Pioneering
    Hi Angelrose

    I suggest a call to Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 would be a good place to start. They specialise in advising people who have been diagnosed with cancer and also employ benefits advisers in some areas who will be able to help you. Age UK on 0800 169 2081 would also be able to tell you what help is available locally to assist you with this, Both of these organisations may also be able to carry out a full benefit check to make sure you are getting the right benefits.

    Another option would be to contact your local council because some still fund benefits advice services who may be able to visit you at home, carry out a full benefit check and assist you to make claims to the relevant benefits.

    Finally, if you live in social housing and your landlord is a housing association then it would be worth contacting them and asking if they have a benefits adviser who can carry out a benefit check and support you in making claims to other benefits.

    Hope that helps and if none of these suggestions work out then please post back on here.

    Best wishes

    Paul
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
  • angelrose
    angelrose Member Posts: 4
    Thank you paul,this is really helpful,will phone them and see what they say,then will get back to you,..

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