What’s on this page?
- Other benefits which you may be entitled to
- Where to get advice in Cornwall?
- Other sources of advice in Cornwall
- Disabled Facilities Grants
Having arthritis often means extra expense. You may be able to get state benefits to help with the extra costs of having arthritis or if you’re unable to work. It’s worth checking that you’re claiming everything that you are entitled to.
Over the next few years significant changes are being made to the benefits and tax credits system in England. The picture is quite complicated. The Turn2us website has useful information on the changes to benefits and a calendar if when these changes are to occur.
For those with disabilities one of the major changes is the discontinuation of the Disability Living Allowance and its replacement with the Personal Independence Payment PIP). This is a new benefit for people who need help taking part in everyday life or who find it difficult to get around. It replaces disability living allowance for people between the ages of 16 and 64 inclusive. Disability Rights UK has produced this guide to help you through the claiming process:
Universal Credit is a new benefit that has started to replace 6 existing benefits with a single monthly payment. It will eventually replace:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
At this time, your eligibility to claim Universal Credit depends on where you live and your personal circumstances. For more information see:
Disability Rights UK produce a very useful checklist of benefits:
This is an interactive factsheet designed to give you an idea which benefits, tax credits, housing grants or other help you might be able to get, including help provided by your council/local authority. Select the category which applies to you (you may fit into more than one category). Each category has a list of the help available. These link to further information or a factsheet on the subject.
If you are looking for support or advice about benefits Cornwall Council have a 2 person Welfare Rights Team which is part of Cornwall Council’s Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing Service. They provide support and advice to enable people to deal with all aspects of the Welfare Benefits system. The Welfare Team are very knowledgeable and experienced and provide accurate advice and information to people so they understand what benefits they are entitled to claim. They are a small team to cover the whole county so they do not have the resources for home visits to assist people to complete applications.
The Welfare Rights Team are able to provide extensive support to people wanting help to complete forms by providing information and explanations by telephone, e-mail and post to help people understand the qualifying criteria and the application and assessment processes.
For advice, help and support with regard to any Welfare Rights issues, please contact:
The Welfare Rights Team
Adult Care, Health and Wellbeing
New County Hall
One Stop Shops
Our One Stop Shops offer advice and information on all Council services including housing and benefits. In any One Stop Shop you can get help to fill in forms, hand in documents and speak to a council specialist either in person or by phone.
Benefits and housing specialists visit a number of the One Stop Shops regularly, as do advisors from a range of non-council help organisations.
For contact details for all the One Stop Shops go to:
Citizen Advice Bureaus
Free financial advice can be obtained from the Citizens Advice Bureau which has local offices in towns throughout Cornwall. For information on the locations and services available call 08444 99 41 88 or go to:
Jobcentre Plus offer a combined jobsearch and benefits service for people of working age. Personal advisers assist with jobsearch activities and benefits claims. This service is aimed at people of working age who are looking for work or claiming benefits. The location of these centres can be found at:
If you are disabled you may find moving around your own home and undertaking day to day activities difficult. In most cases some alterations to your home will help you to access all of your rooms and move around your property more freely. These changes will also help your carers look after you. Your quality of life will be improved.
Work that can be funded by a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)
- Ramps, rails and step lifts to get in and out of your property
- Door widening to allow for wheelchair access
- Level access showers and other bathroom alterations
- Improvement of an existing heating system in the dwelling to meet the disabled occupant’s needs or to enable a disabled person to have full use of heating controls in the dwelling
- Stairlifts and through floor lifts
For smaller alterations such as grab and hand rails your Occupational Therapist may be able to arrange through Adult Social Care.
Cornwall Council must check that all works are necessary and appropriate for you and will only approve grant works that are reasonable and practicable. Funding is limited and we have a responsibility to be careful with the limited pot of money available so that as many people as possible can take some advantage from this Grant.
How to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant:
To find out information on how to apply for a disabled facilities grant click here: