What benefits am I entitled to?
If this is your first visit, check out the community guide. You will have to Join us or Sign in before you can post.

benefits

UnicornUnicorn Member Posts: 1 Listener

Am I eligible for any benefits at all, PIP turned down, age 54, part time student, recently diagnosed with dyspraxia and irlen syndrome, awaiting referral for ASD, under cardiac investigations

Replies

  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi Unicorn

    We will need to know a lot more about your situation to say what you may or may not be entitled to. For example, we would need to know about your existing income, how your conditions affect you (i.e. what is made more difficult?), whether you live with others, whether you have housing costs and if so what.

    If you would like to get back to us we will help you further. If you would like to speak to someone confidentially you might like to call the Scope helpline on 0808 800 3333.

    David
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
  • Chris_AlumniChris_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 695 Pioneering
    Hi @unicorn, you might also like to try using Scope's interactive benefits calculator.
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi Unicorn, as my colleague David says we can't tell you what benefits you can claim without more information. Even though you've told us about your conditions, that can't tell us whether the PIP decision is right unfortunately. PIP is a points based benefit, where points are awarded depending on the level of difficulty you have with activities in daily life, or mobility. You could try taking the PIP self-test here: that could help you decide whether to challenge the decision. 

    As a part-time student, you might be entitled to Housing Benefit, but it would depend on other income, and of course whether you have to pay rent. Another possibility is Employment and Support Allowance - this is another points-based benefit, but this time, it's to do with work-related activities. There's a good overview here.

    I hope this gives you a starting point, and I recommend trying the calculator too, as Chris suggests. 
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
Sign in or join us to comment.