Getting the right benefits
Young people studying or intending to study in higher education can apply for a Disabled Student’s Allowance. You can find out more about the allowance on the GOV.UK website (external link) or on the website for Disability Rights UK (external link)
Access to Work funding is provided by the Department for Work and Pensions to support young people and adults with learning difficulties or disabilities into employment. The funding is for equipment or additional support you may need so you can work. You can find out more on the Access to Work section of the GOV.UK site (external link)
Personal Independence Payment (replacing the Disability Living Allowance) is provided by the Department for Work and Pensions and can help you with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you’re aged 16 to 64. You can find out more on the GOV.UK website (external link) or call 0800 917 2222 (textphone 0800 917 7777) Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Employment Support Allowance is for young people who have a disability and who are unable to work, or who are in need of support to enable them to work by the Department for Work and Pensions. You will have a work capability assessment to see if you are eligible, and what type of additional support you will need. The quickest way to apply for Employment and Support Allowance is by phone on 0800 055 6688 (Textphone: 0800 023 4888).
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