disability

  • Benefits for disabled students


    factsheet

    If you are a full-time student with a long-term illness or disability you may be able to stay on benefits while you are studying.

    This factsheet explains the rules allowing you to do so. There are no special rules for part-time students, so if you are claiming benefits because of disability or illness and start studying part-time, then as long as you continue to satisfy the rules for those benefits, your benefits can continue.

  • Refusal to accept late mandatory reconsideration requests

    Last updated: September 25, 2017
    test case

    Update - 25 September 2017 - on 4 August 2017 a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal decided that, where a claimant makes a mandatory reconsideration request at any time within 13 months of the original decision, s/he will, if dissatisfied, subsequently be entitled to appeal to a First-tier Tribunal.

  • Past presence test and aggregation rules

    Last updated: May 23, 2017
    test case

     Kavanagh v Secretary of State and Pensions CDLA/373/2016

    This appeal concerns the application of the ‘past presence’ test that requires disability benefit claimants to be resident in Great Britain for 104 weeks out of the 156 weeks prior to the claim. However, for claimants to whom an EU regulation applies, the past presence test is disapplied if they can establish a genuine and sufficient link to the UK social security system. Alternatively, they can seek to satisfy the 2 year rule by aggregating qualifying periods spent in another EU country under Article 6 of EU Regulation 883/2004. EU Regulation 883/2004 coordinates social security systems in the EU and Article 6 provides that certain periods of time spent in one member state can be aggregated when considering presence tests in another.

  • Tax credits for disabled workers


    factsheet

    This factsheet explains the special tax credits rules that apply to workers with a health problem or disability.

  • UC for people with ill health and disabilities


    training course

    With every local authority area in Scotland expected to move to universal credit (UC) full service over 2017 and 2018, many more people with ill health and disabilities will be claiming UC for the first time. Even in live service, a change of circumstances can mean a switch to UC.

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  • Personal independence payment – the essentials

    Level: Basic

    training course

    Personal independence payment (PIP) is the disability benefit for people aged 16-65. This course equips you with the knowledge and confidence to help the people you work with make effective claims and manage the process of transferring from disability living allowance (DLA).

    The course covers:

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  • Disability Rights Handbook


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    Disability Rights Handbook

    Price £33.50 
    336 pages  ISBN 978 1 903335 68 0

  • Challenging PIP decisions

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This one-day course looks at how to challenge personal independence payment (PIP) decisions. There is an opportunity to discuss how the different PIP criteria affect appeal tactics, and think through how to go about getting the right outcome for clients. 

    The course covers:

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  • Disability living allowance for children

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit payable to help meet the additional costs which arise for families caring for a disabled child. It is under claimed and can be difficult to understand.

    This course looks in detail at the DLA rules as they apply to children under 16 and explains how to complete a DLA claim form to give the best chance of a successful outcome from the outset, reducing the stress of the claiming process.

    The course covers;

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