This important group of benefits are for those with health conditions or who have a disability, and their carers. It's important to note that once your child is given a cancer diagnosis, they are classed as disabled and therefore they may be entitled to receive certain benefits.
If your child receives the middle or high rate of the care component of DLA and you earn less than a set amount per week, you may also be able to claim this allowance.
This is a benefit for children under 16 who have a serious illness or disability. It helps towards the extra costs that a serious illness – like cancer – or a disability may bring. Your child has to have increased care needs because of their illness of disability to be eligible. Find out more about DLA.
Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
ESA is a benefit that helps people over the age of 16 whose health condition (including stress and anxiety) or disability affects their ability to work. There are two components of ESA, one of which is means tested. Your child may be entitled to one or both depending on their circumstances. Find out more about ESA.
This new benefit is replacing DLA for people aged 16 to 64 who have a health condition or disability, whether in or out of work. It is there to help young people live as independently as possible and deal with extra costs that often come with having a health condition. If you have a child aged 16 or over who is already receiving DLA, they are unlikely to be affected until the end of 2017. Find out more about PIP.
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
If you’re struggling to work due to stress, anxiety or illness, you may be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from your employer. This is paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks as long as you meet certain criteria. If your employer has its own company sick pay scheme that is equal to, or more than SSP, you may receive your payments in a different way. However, if you don't qualify for this scheme under your employer's rules, you will still be entitled to receive SSP.
Universal Credit (UC)
Universal Credit is a monthly payment for people who are looking for work or on a low income. This new single benefit will gradually replace some of the existing means-tested benefits for people aged 16 to 64. Extra funds are available for people with a disability or health condition, childcare costs or caring responsibilities. This means that parents supporting their child can apply, as well as young people aged 18 or over. Find out more about Universal Credit.
Find out more
For more information on DLA, ESA, PIP or Universal Credit, please take a look at our information factsheets, which you can download from this page.
For a detailed review of what you’re entitled to, call CLIC Sargent on 0300 330 0803 and we will put you in touch with one of our specialist benefits advisors.
Updated July 2016, next review due 2017.