What benefits may I be entitled to?
Having epilepsy does not automatically entitle you to claim benefits. These are some of the benefits you may be eligible to apply for, depending on how your epilepsy affects you, and your financial situation.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
You may be able to claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), to help with extra costs, if you have a long-term disability or health condition, and have trouble doing some everyday tasks, or with getting around. You can get PIP even if you’re working, have savings, or are getting most other benefits.
Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly - or twice a month for some people in Scotland. Universal Credit has replaced these benefits for most people:
- Housing Benefit;
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA);
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA);
- Child Tax Credit;
- Working Tax Credit; and
- Income Support.
You may be able to get Universal Credit if you’re on a low income, out of work, or if you cannot work.
If you are applying for a benefit, you will need to complete a form about how your condition affects you. Depending on the benefit you are applying for, the form may be online, or you may need to request a form by phone.
Some people with epilepsy can claim health-related benefits, such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Attendance Allowance, and Employment Support Allowance.
When a decision is made about your claim for a benefit, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will write to tell you about the decision and why it was made.
If you are applying for benefits for the first time,
reapplying after a change in your circumstances,
or appealing a benefits decision, here are some
organisations that may be able to help you.
Having epilepsy does not necessarily stop someone from doing the job they want, but there are some issues which can affect them at work. Whether someone’s epilepsy affects their work depends on whether they have seizures, what their seizures are like and how often these happen.