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You might be entitled to financial support to help with the extra
costs of raising a disabled child. Below we've listed some ways you
could increase your income or make savings.
There are a number of benefits and tax credits that you may be
entitled to. Some benefits can be paid because your child is
disabled while others may be paid to you for other reasons.
Visit our benefit pages to find
Before looking into grants or funding, you might be better
having a benefits check to make sure you're claiming what you're
entitled to. Visit our benefit pages to find
Contact does not give grants or financial
You might be able to find financial help by using the Turn2Us grants
We have a list of charities that offer grants and funding for
certain occupations, disabilities or geographical areas. Many
charities do not accept applications directly from individual
families and you may need a professional such as a GP, teacher or
social worker to make the initial application.
Please visit the following links for:
You may also find sources of help from the following:
In England, local welfare assistance schemes (LWAS), run by
local councils, may be able to help you if you are in financial
hardship following an unseen event or emergency and you have no
other source of help.
The local welfare assistance scheme in Wales is a single,
national scheme for the whole country and is called the Discretionary Assistance
In Northern Ireland you can
apply for Discretionary Help from the Finance Support
In Scotland there is a
nationwide system of grants under Scottish Welfare.
Information about all these schemes can be found by visiting the
Child Povery Action Group
Disability Reduction Scheme
This is a non means-tested reduction on the council tax bill for
people who either:
Information about the Disability Reduction Scheme is in our
Help with Council tax bills.
Council tax discount
Your council tax bill is reduced by 25% (50% in some cases) if
there are fewer than two adults in your household. The presence of
children and certain adults (including some carers) can be
Information about the council tax discount is in our factsheet
Help with council tax bills [PDF].
Free school meals
If your child is registered at a maintained school, the
education authority must provide a free midday meal if you claim
certain benefits. In some parts of the UK certain other young
school children also qualify.
Education authorities (or children's departments) have
discretion to help with the cost of school clothing for pupils in
In Wales, a grant for uniforms is available to pupils entering
Year 7 who are eligible for free school meals. It is also available
for pupils aged 11 at the start of the school year who go to a
special school, special needs resource base or pupil referral unit,
and who are also eligible for free school meals.
Education authorities must provide transport or help with the
costs if it is necessary to help a child get to the nearest
suitable school. Find out more about school
Visiting a child at a special school
Education authorities have discretion to pay some or all of the
fares of parents visiting children at a special school a long way
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) - Wales and
A weekly payment for 16-18 year olds (and some 19 year olds) who
stay on at school/college or who undertake certain types of unwaged
The amount awarded depends on parental income.
16-19 bursary - England only
EMA in England was replaced by the 16-19 bursary scheme. There
are two types of bursary. The first is a discretionary bursary for
which any young person can apply. However, whether you receive a
payment is at the discretion of your school or college.
There is also a vulnerable student bursary of £1,200 per year
for certain groups, including disabled students who receive both
DLA and Employment and Support Allowance (or Universal Credit).
This may be paid in kind rather than in cash.
NHS costs, glasses, hospital fares, free
There are a range of benefits for prescription costs, glasses,
going to hospital for treatment (including accompanying a child)
and certain dental costs. The criteria are different for each.
Personal budgets and direct payments
Local authorities might offer families the option of a personal
or individual budget to pay for a child's eligible needs. Find out
more about personal budgets and
In the home
You may be able to get a grant or other financial assistance
from your council to adapt your home to meet your child's needs.
Visit our page on aids and adaptations to
find out more.
You might also be eligible for help to make your own more energy
efficient. Find out more on making home
improvements to keep bills down.
There are a number of schemes to help low income households pay
their fuel and water bills. Find out more about financial help with water
and fuel bills.
If you, or someone you live with is registered blind or severely
sight impaired, you qualify for a 50 per cent reduction on the cost
of your TV licence. If the person who is registered blind is not
the current licence holder, you will need to transfer the licence
into their name first.
Many major attractions and organisations in the UK allow free
entry to a parent or carer accompanying a disabled person. It's
always worth asking if a discount is available.
The Max Card is a local authority-commissioned card scheme for
disabled children (ages 0-19). It offers families discounted access
to UK attractions. If your local authority funds the scheme you
will be able to access a free card. To find out if you're eligible,
The Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card is a UK-wide card scheme
for participating cinemas. If you or your child is in receipt of
Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or a registered
blind person, the card entitles you to one free ticket for a person
to go to the cinema with you. The card currently costs £6 a year.
Visit our page on transport and getting
around to see what financial support your child and family
might be entitled to.