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.
- 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
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
- Sample letter
- 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.