The information in this guide is accurate as of September 2016. This guide applies to England, Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland some changes to the benefit system have been delayed. Personal Independence Payment was introduced in Northern Ireland in June this year but there may be differences in how it is administered. Universal credit is being introduced in Northern Ireland in October.
Specialist supported housing for people with a learning disability, mental health problems, a physical disability or sensory impairment, or any other condition that makes them vulnerable. You must have an assessed and eligible care and support need to be considered for supported housing.
It is harder for disabled young people to move into independent living and a large majority end up living with their parents until a much greater age than their peers. However, there exists a variety of initiatives to help young disabled people live independently in their own homes.
Our specialist Benefit Advisors can offer the help and support you need to resolve your problems. They will work out what financial help you are entitled to and assist you in claiming any relevant Benefits or Tax Credits. Working out which Benefits or Tax Credits you are entitled to can be complicated, especially with recent changes to the Welfare system.
The legal position regarding decision making changes once a person becomes an adult and it is important to understand how your disabled child may be affected by this. Our very own Solicitor, Katherine Miller, who specialises in planning for the future for families with disabled and vulnerable children, will highlight what needs to be considered both from a disabled individual’s point of view and their family’s/carer’s.
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