Macular Degeneration and State Benefits

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Macular Degeneration and entitlement to State Benefits.
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Having Macular degeneration does not automatically entitle you to benefits.However the effects of the condition may.

Attendance Allowance

For people over 65 who need help with every day activities such as preparing food or reading post. This is not means tested and you do not need to be registered blind/sight impared or partially sighted. Many people with slight sight loss would be entitled to AA. The present weekly rate is £55.10 per wk low rate or £82.30 for the higher rate.

Pension Credit.

Is a benefit for people over 65 with a low income. It has two parts Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit and ensures you receive a minimum income level, presently set at £151.20 for a single person and £230.85 per week for a married couple. The savings credit aspect depends on the  other income you receive and any savings you have.

Disability Living Allowance

For those under 65. DLA is tax free and non means tested. This benefit has two components which are mobility and care and many people who have macular disease successfully qualify for this benefit . This benefit has now been replaced by the new Personal Independence Plan.

Carers Allowance

If you care for someone who receives either AA or DLA you may be able to claim carers allowance (click here to read my article about carers allowance) However if you receive the state pension you will not be paid Carers Allowance, which to me seems unfair as most people who have Macular Disease are older as it tends to be an age related condition.

Claiming benefits can be complex  and here are some links to organisations who can help you.

National Benefits Enquiry Line. Tel 0800 882 200

RNIB Benefit Advisory Team.      Tel 0303 123 9999

Age Uk Advice                                    Tel o8oo 169 6565

Citizens Advice Bureau      ( Contact your local branch)

 

 

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Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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