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If you are affected by, or are living with a brain tumour or brain cancer, you may be entitled to certain financial benefits. All rates stated are correct at the time of publication (August 2017).
In June 2013 Personal Independent Payment (PIP) replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for new claimants aged 16-64. There is an assessment processes which could involve a face to face consultation with a health professional:
Claims can still be made for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children under the age of 16. Rates are between £22.00 and £141.10 per week. Rates paid are dependent upon the level of difficulty the child faces with movement and or the amount of care they require.
If you are aged 65 or over and need help with personal care due to disability you may be eligible for the Attendance Allowance. This is a tax-free benefit paid at the following rates:
Higher rate: £83.10 per week
Lower rate: £55.65 per week
If you have a terminal illness you automatically qualify for the higher rate.
For the ESA there is a 13 week assessment period to find out what you are able to do. During this time, a weekly 'assessment phase' will be paid at basic rate of £57.90 if you are under 25 and £73.10 if you are over 25. You will then be grouped into one of the following:
If you have had a diagnosis of cancer, you do not have to pay for prescriptions. Ask your doctor for a MedEx (medical exemption) form.
If you are not eligible for free prescriptions, but need them regularly, and live in England, a prescription pre-payment certificate can help save money.
This is available to people looking after someone, for 35 hours a week or more, who receives:
The current rate is £62.70 per week.
There might be some restrictions to which other benefits you and the person you care for are entitled to while receiving Carer's Allowance.
This provides a 'top up' to people on low income who are not able to work full- time, particularly carers or those looking after young children. The amount you are entitled to varies according to your circumstances. Eligibility criteria are different for Northern Ireland.
If your home is the main home of someone with severe and permanent disabilities, you may be eligible for a reduction on your council tax band.
If you are receiving certain benefits or are on a low-income, whether employed or not, you may be entitled to claim housing benefit to help with the cost of your rent.
This payment is available if you (or your partner) are working, but earning low income. The amount received is calculated based on several factors.
If you have one or more children in your care you may be eligible to receive this. The amount you receive is calculated using many factors.
Pension Credit is an income-related benefit for retired people and consists of two parts:
You may be entitled to more if you are disabled or are a carer.
We work with Rushmoor Citizens Advice to provide a weekly benefits clinic offering specialist benefits advice and assistance to people affected by brain tumours.
Learn more about the Benefits Clinic.
Page last reviewed: 06/2015
Next review due: currently under review
Page last reviewed: 09/2015
Next review date: 09/2016
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