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 you’ve been given a cancer diagnosis, you are classed as disabled and therefore they may be entitled to receive certain benefits.
If a parent or guardian over the age of 16 is caring for you at least 35 hours a week while you are on treatment, or as a result of a disability, they may be able to receive Carer's Allowance. They don't need to live with you in order to receive this benefit.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
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. Find out more about DLA.
Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
ESA is a benefit that helps people over the age of 16 whose health condition or disability affects their ability to work. There are two components of ESA, one of which is means tested. You may be entitled to one or both depending on your circumstances. ESA is normally received after Statutory Sick Pay has been paid, which can be for up to 28 weeks. Find out more about ESA.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
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 are 16 or over and already receive DLA, you 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 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.
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 August 2016, next review due 2017.