Statutory benefits

As a renal patient in the UK you may be entitled to a number of statutory benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance (if aged over 65 years)
  • Disability Living Allowance - for children
  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)- this is assessed on daily living activities and mobility activities.
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)- this is available if you are too unwell to work
  • Universal Credit
  • Tax Credits
  • Pension Credit
  • Carers Allowance
  • Carers Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Support for Mortgage Interest
  • Council Tax support
  • Exemption from prescription charges - dialysis patients with a fistula only
  • Help with heating costs
  • Help with mobility costs
  • Priority services register – this is so you are identified on utility companies databases and get priority service
  • Kidney Care UK provide good information about all benefits

The Renal Unit's Social Worker can help you with any claims for benefits you may be entitled to. If your unit has not got a Social Worker, one of the nurses may have developed an interest or you could use the local Kidney Care UK Advocacy Officer for your area or the Citizens Advice Bureau.

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