BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES
There are a number of benefits available for ADHD children & young people as well as the family members who provide care for them. For an overview of Government benefits visit: https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/disability
Carer’s Allowance (CA) is paid to a carer who looks after an ADHD child more than 35 hours a week and earns under a certain threshold. Conditions are: they must receive DLA at the middle or highest care rate if they are under 16 years old, and for those aged 16 to 64, they have to be in receipt of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment. You will not be able to receive Carer’s Allowance if you are claiming the State Pension or certain other benefits. Visit: www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/eligibility You can download a claim form or to complete your application online @ www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/how-to-claim For further information, contact: Carer’s Allowance Unit. Mail Handling Site A, Wolverhampton. WV98 2AB Tel: 0345 608 4321 Textphone: 0345 604 5312 Email: email@example.com (Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5.00pm; Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm) www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/overview
Cerebra’s Guides for Parents covers many topics, including claiming DLA for children under 16. www.cerebra.org.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org DLA webpage: http://w3.cerebra.org.uk/help-and-information/guides-for-parents/dla-guide/
Cinema Exhibition Card (CEA)This is a cinema discount card for carers. Any responsible one adult who goes to the cinema with the child who has a disability gets in free. To be eligible the child or young person must be in receipt of DLA. Application forms can be picked up from cinemas. Prove of DLA must be sent together with processing fee of £6 and passport photo of child. Please note children must be 8 years or over to be eligible https://www.ceacard.co.uk
Disability Facilities Grant is available up to £30,000 in England for your ADHD/SEN under 18 year old child without parents’ income being taken into account https://www.gov.uk/disabled-facilities-grants
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) helps with the cost of caring for an eligible ADHD child, under 16 years of age, needing extra looking after and having had these difficulties for at least three months. Just describe your child at his/her worst. Do not understate the problems and be particularly be clear about night-time issues e.g. incontinence, difficulty going to sleep, waking up all the time, tantrums, fits, lack of sleep, etc. (the higher benefit care rate for DLA is only paid for those with night time problems). It will aid you to obtain a Disability Register Identity Card for your application. Visit www.gov.uk/disability-living-allowance-children/how-to-claim or order a printed claim pack by calling the DLA Helpline: Tel: 0845 712 3456 Textphone: 0845 722 4433 (Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm) Visit www.gov.uk/disability-living-allowance-children/overview to find out more about DLA.
Disability Register Identity Card (for children and young people) This is invaluable for ADHD children. The Integrated Service Disabilities Team has introduced the card to help parents and carers prove that their child is registered with their local authority as disabled. It can then be used to gain concessions on entrance fees to places where disability concessions apply. Call 020 8831 6093 Visit https://www.afclocaloffer.org.uk/pages/home/social-care/register-for-children-and-young-people-with-disabilities
Disabled Person’s Railcard – is valid for one or three years and entitles the holder to discounts of up to one third off the price of a range of tickets; the same discount also covers tickets purchased by the accompanying adult. Children aged 5 to 16 may also be eligible to hold a Disabled Person’s Railcard; in such cases, they should be charged a child’s fare; the accompanying parent/carer travelling at the discounted rate mentioned above. To qualify for a Disabled Person’s Railcard, the person concerned has to receive DLA/PIP at the higher rate for getting around OR receive DLA/PIP at the higher or middle rate for personal care. Contact Disabled Persons Railcard Office. PO Box 6613, Arbroath, DD11 9AN Tel: 0345 605 0525 (Monday – Sunday, 7.00am to 10.00pm) Textphone: 0345 601 0132 Email: email@example.com www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk
Family Fund: helps families who are raising a disabled (ADHD) or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under https://www.familyfund.org.uk/FAQs/our-disability-criteria
Free Early Education: The UK Government offers free early education for ALL 3/4 yr olds + for 2 yr olds with special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan or if they get Disability Living Allowance or with income support https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds
Freedom Pass – Disabled Persons Freedom Passes are available to ADHD children over the age of 5 who is a permanent resident in the borough and meets the eligibility criteria. The Freedom Pass entitles the holder to free travel on all London transport buses, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Croydon Tramlink and train services in the London area (not the Heathrow Express), plus concessionary fares on some of the Thames riverboats. Freedom Passes are also accepted by English local bus companies outside London (9.30am to11.00pm Monday to Friday, all day weekends and public holidays). Application forms are available from the Accessible Transport Unit (ATU) 020 8831 6312/6191/6097 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the Council website: www.richmond.gov.uk/disabled_persons_freedom_pass_scheme.htm
Happy Days You can apply for days out or a UK family holiday break. Your child must be between 3 and 17 years old www.happydayscharity.org
Merlin Pass and annual passes for other attractions such as Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, the London Eye, London Dungeons, Madame Tussauds, and Sea Life Centres can be applied for via the Short Breaks & Aiming High application form. The funding is only available to the eligible child. Contact: email@example.com
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing DLA for people aged between 16 and 64 years of age (there are no current plans to replace DLA for children aged under 16). Those already receiving DLA will not be automatically transferred to PIP, but will have to make a claim for the new benefit when invited to do so. To qualify, individuals will have to score a certain number of points relating to twelve activities i.e. preparing food, taking nutrition, managing therapies or monitoring a health condition, washing and bathing, managing toilet needs or incontinence, dressing and undressing, communicating verbally, reading and understanding signs, symbols and words, engaging with people face-to-face, making budgeting decisions, planning and following journeys (used in the mobility component test). Visit www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/personal-independence-payment-pip/pip-points-system
If you are claiming for the first time, ask to be sent a ‘How your condition affects you’ form. Contact: Personal Independence Payment New Claims, Post Handling Site B, Wolverhampton. WV99 1AH Tel: 0800 917 2222 Textphone: 0800 917 7777 (Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm) Visit: www.gov.uk/pip/how-to-claim For general information Tel: 0845 850 3322 Textphone: 0845 601 6677 (Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm)
Richmond AID the Disability Action and Advice Centre 4 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, TW11 8HT Tel: 020 8831 6080 www.richmondaid.org.uk/contact-us/daac/ Their advisors will assist with form filling and benefits reviews, providing information, supplying details of how to challenge a decision as well as lending a sympathetic and listening ear. Advice line: 020 8831 6070 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richmond Card is a card for Richmond borough residents (children and adults). You can get discounts for various activities at leisure centres. The cost for children and young people is free, however, for adults it is £18.50. If you register with the Richmond Carers Centre, you can get a discount as a carer and pay just £6.90.http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/services/richmondcard.htm
Aiming High (Kingston and Richmond) for after school clubs, holiday activities, sports and inclusion in mainstream settings programmes.
• £300 maximum per year per disabled child
• can be used for mainstream or specialist* activities (*cannot be used to pay for specialist services run by, or commissioned by Achieving for Children)
• can be used for an annual pass for the disabled child
• can only fund the cost of a holiday under certain circumstances (please see application form)
• application should be sent in at least 3 weeks before activity commences
• for the Easter holidays 2017 – the deadline is 1 week before activity
• the form no longer has to be completed by a professional, the parent/carer can do it and provide evidence of the disability (e.g. GP letter, DLA form)
Funding is available, no means-testing, for all ADHD children, regardless of diagnosis.
Any further questions? Contact: Aiming High Manager on 020 8547 6069
Jodi Williams, Inclusion Development 020 8831 6357 Email: email@example.com
For Kingston: David Arrow, Inclusion Development 020 8547 6564 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aiming High Additional Funding
Provides additional funding to enable a mainstream activity provider to give your child / young person extra support by increasing the staff ratio. The young person must by under 18 years old.