Scottish Borders Council

Benefits for people who are ill or disabled

What types of benefits are available?

There are a number of benefits available for people who are ill or disabled.

Employment Support Allowance (ESA)

If your ability to work is limited by ill health or disability, you may be eligible for Employment and Support Allowance. This allowance has been in effect since October 2008 and replaces both Incapacity Benefit and Income Support paid on the grounds of incapacity.

See details about who qualifies and how to apply for Employment Support Allowance.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Disability Living Allowance is a tax free benefit for people who meet the qualifying conditions before their 65th birthday and who require assistance with personal care and/or mobility because of illness or disability.  It is the help that you reasonably require rather than the help you receive which is taken into account.

See details about who qualifies and how to apply for Disability Living Allowance.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment is a benefit that can help you with some of the extra costs you may have because of a long-term health condition or disability.  PIP will replace DLA from June 2013, however, if you already claim DLA it is unlikely that you will be affected before 2015.

See details about who qualifies and how to apply for Personal Independence Payment.

Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a tax free benefit for people who meet the qualifying conditions after their 65th birthday and require assistance with personal care or supervision because of illness, disability or frailty. You do not actually have to be getting any help.  It is the help that you need rather than the help you actually receive that counts. 

See details about who qualifies and how to apply for Attendance Allowance.

Welfare Reform

The Welfare Reform Act introduces a wide range of reforms to the Benefits and Tax Credits system.  For more information about how these changes may affect you, please refer to the Welfare Reform sections or visit the Department for Work and Pensions website.

For further questions regarding benefit advice please contact the Welfare Benefits Team.

In this section

  1. What types of benefits are available? (current page)
  2. Employment and Support Allowance
  3. Disability Living Allowance
  4. Attendance Allowance

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