Welfare Benefits: Mental Health & Money Advice
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PIP Mental Health Guide
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people with a physical or mental health condition. This PIP mental health guide consists of four sections: Introduction to PIP, help with your PIP claim, challenging a PIP decision and PIP resources.
Can I claim Welfare Benefits if I’m living with a mental illness?
If you’re living with a mental illness or if your money problems are impacting on your mental health, there might be different welfare benefits you could claim to help you pay for your day-to-day things.
- Social Security Scotland Benefits
- How do I check what I’m entitled to?
- Universal Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
- Incapacity Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Statutory Sick Pay
- Working Tax Credits
- Personal Independence Payment
- Housing Benefit
- Support for Mortgage Interest
- Council Tax: Exemptions and Support to pay
- Social Fund
- Next steps
Social Security Scotland Benefits
Social Security Scotland currently deliver 12 benefits throughout the nation. Find out more about each payment, whether you fit the criteria to apply and how you can apply.
- Adult Disability Payment
- Best Start Foods
- Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment
- Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Early Years Payment
- Best Start Grant School Age Payment
- Carer's Allowance Suppliment
- Child Disability Payment
- Child Winter Heating Assistance
- Funeral Support Payment
- Job Start Payment
- Scottish Child Payment
- Young Carer Grant
Am I eligible for Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)?
If you’re too unwell to work, you may be able to claim a benefit named Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
What benefits are available for mental health carers?
Being a carer might mean you can claim certain benefits that might help you and the person you care for.
Will I need a Work Capability Assessment to claim benefits?
Understand if you can claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) with a limited capability for work element.
- What is the Work Capability Assessment?
- How do I fill in the health questionnaire?
- Will I have to go for a medical assessment?
- What happens next?
- What is the support group or the limited capability for work-related activity element?
- What is the work-related activity group (WRAG)?
- Health questionnaire descriptors
- Assessment for limited capability for work-related activity
- Next steps
Can I apply for Universal Credit?
Universal Credit (UC) is a new benefit for people of working age, which you can get it if you have a low income or do not work.
- What is Universal Credit?
- How much can I get?
- What if I am working or studying?
- What if I care for someone or have children?
- What about my housing costs?
- How will income, savings and property affect my Universal Credit?
- Will the Benefit Cap affect me?
- How will I get my Universal Credit payments?
- What is the claimant commitment?
- Can I appeal if I disagree with a decision?
- When will I have to claim?
- Next steps
How do I ask for a Mandatory Reconsideration?
If you disagree with a decision the DWP make about your benefits, you can ask them to look at it again, this first step is called Mandatory Reconsideration.
How can I appeal a decision about my benefits?
If you disagree with a decision the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has made about your benefits, you can challenge the decision and appeal to a tribunal.
- How do I appeal a decision relating to a Social Security Scotland benefit?
- The appeals process
- Preparing your appeal
- Setting out your argument in writing
- Making arrangements for the tribunal
- Going to a DWP hearing
- Tips for representing yourself
- Can I appeal against my council tax support or housing benefit decision?
- Next steps