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Hi, my name is katrina76! Can I claim disability and motobility?

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katrina76
katrina76 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited December 2021 in Work and employment
Hi my name is Katrina and I'm 45. I had a work injury last year and I have recently had an operation on my leg. I am now not allowed to drive a manual car, my work have stopped paying me and I am going to lose my house, my consultant has said that the operation I had has not worked and I have to have another operation which will leave me with no movement at all in my foot, can I claim disability and motorbility or not all answers would be greatly appreciated. 
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  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @katrina76

    Welcome to the community, it's nice to see you join us and I hope you enjoy taking part. 

    Sorry to hear about what you have been going through, and that it has impacted your job and living situation. Do you have an idea yet of when the next operation will happen? 

    Regarding disability benefits and motorbility, are you claiming anything at the moment or do you not receive any disability benefits? It might be worth filling out a benefits calculator to try and estimate what you may be entitled to, you could use this one. They don't guarantee entitlement of course, but they can give you an idea of what you could claim.

    Motorbility do have an eligibility checker on their website, and they also list some of the benefits and rates that entitle you to access the scheme. You can find the eligibility checker here.
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,012 Disability Gamechanger
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    You will need to claim PIP to get help with disability/mobility, however PIP isn't paid for what's wrong with you but how your daily living/mobility are affected.
    The link below will help:
    https://www.gov.uk/pip/eligibility
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  • katrina76
    katrina76 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Hello @katrina76

    Welcome to the community, it's nice to see you join us and I hope you enjoy taking part. 

    Sorry to hear about what you have been going through, and that it has impacted your job and living situation. Do you have an idea yet of when the next operation will happen? 

    Regarding disability benefits and motorbility, are you claiming anything at the moment or do you not receive any disability benefits? It might be worth filling out a benefits calculator to try and estimate what you may be entitled to, you could use this one. They don't guarantee entitlement of course, but they can give you an idea of what you could claim.

    Motorbility do have an eligibility checker on their website, and they also list some of the benefits and rates that entitle you to access the scheme. You can find the eligibility checker here.
    Thank-you for answering I don't know when I'm having my operation yet and I'm not claiming anything at the moment I will have a look at the benefits calculator thank you again
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,333 Disability Gamechanger
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    New style ESA would be possible if you've paid the correct amount of NI contributions in tax years April 2018 to March 2020. You will need a fit note from your GP and your SSP1 form from your employer to be able to claim this. It pays £74.70 per week. Savings/capital do not affect the amount you're entitled to. Details here. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-style-employment-and-support-allowance#how-to-apply
    There's also Universal Credit but whether you're entitled will depend on your circumstances. Because it's a means tested benefit, if you live with a partner, you claim as a couple. If you claim the ESA as well as UC then the ESA will be deducted in full from any UC entitlement. If you do claim this, you should report your health condition and send in fit notes from your GP.
    If you own your house then you won't receive any help with the mortgage. If you rent your home then you maybe able to claim for help with the rent in with your UC entitlement.
    A claim for UC will end any tax credits you may already be claiming. If you have savings/capital of more than £16,000 you're excluded from claiming.
    PIP is a disability benefit which isn't means tested but a successful claim for this can take about 10 months. More information here regarding PIP. https://pipinfo.net/



    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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