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First instalment featuring Government benefits and other concessions on offer to those with Arthrogryposis and people with disabilities generally. Links are provided for information only.

Disability Living Allowance (for children up to 16yrs)

DLA has two components:

  • Care – help with personal care needs
  • Mobility – help with getting around

Visit www.gov.uk/disability-living-allowance-children/overview for more information.

Personal Independence Payments (for adults up to 64yrs)

PIP has 2 components:

  • Care – help with personal care needs
  • Mobility – help with getting around

Visit www.gov.uk/pip/overview for more information.

Attendance Allowance (AA) (for adults of 65yrs and over)

Help with personal care needs only, there is no mobility component.

Visit www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance/overview for more information.


If you are in receipt of any of the above benefits, and if you meet the eligibility criteria, you may also be able to access these additional provisions:

Carer's Allowance

Additional financial help if you look after someone with substantial caring needs. www.gov.uk/carers-allowance

Access to Work

Help and support for disabed people to enable them to work. Can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

  • Start working
  • Stay in work
  • Move into self-employment or start a business

www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview

Blue Badge

Helps you park closer to your destination. The criteria for this varies from borough to borough so check with your local authority to see if you are eligible. www.gov.uk/blue-badge-scheme-information-council

Motability

Exchanging your mobility allowance to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair www.motability.co.uk

Disabled Person's Railcard

Get 1/3 off Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance fares for you and a friend. www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk

Dial -A-Ride Schemes

Most cities and towns have Dial-a-Ride schemes and it is impossible to list them all here. Use this Google search of dial-a-ride and it will give you a place to start looking for your area's scheme.

London Dial-a-Ride

Door to door transport scheme. https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/dial-a-ride/

Freedom Pass

(London Only) – Free travel on London Buses and Underground. Criteria varies from borough to borough so check with your local authority to see if you are eligible.  You can find the website for your local authority here: http://directory.londoncouncils.gov.uk

Taxicard Scheme

Subsidised travel in certain London Taxis www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/services/taxicard


Discounted Leisure Activities

CEA Card for Cinemas

National card scheme to help participating cinemas ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests. Added benefit that of ensuring a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them. www.ceacard.co.uk

Theatres - London 

London theatres run a number of different Access Schemes for audience members with disabilities. Visit their website to find specific booking lines for disabled access, which are often priced at discounted rates. Some theatres allow a carer to see the performance for free.  You can find details of assisted performances, including BSL interpretations and audio description here:  www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/access

 

 

Original list compiled by Matt Rangel.

Updated March 2017.