Benefits for Adults

What disability benefits are adults entitled to in the UK?

In the UK, there are several disability benefits available for adults. The specific benefits individuals may be entitled to depend on various factors such as their age, level of disability and financial circumstances. Here are some of the key disability benefits for adults in the UK:

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Carer’s Allowance

Attendance Allowance (AA)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Universal Credit (UC)

Disabled parking – Blue badge scheme 

Blue Badges help people with disabilities or health conditions park closer to their destination. You can apply for a badge for yourself, on behalf of somebody else or an organisation that transports people that need a Blue Badge.

To find out if you qualify, click Blue Badge

If, after applying for state help, you/your family are still struggling to make ends meet, there are various organisations and charities that may be able to help through a grant.

You could be taken to court or have to pay a penalty if you give wrong information or do not report a change in your circumstances. Contact the benefits helpline for more information.

Financial help if you’re disabled

There is a wide range of disability-related financial support, including benefits, tax credits, payments, grants and concessions. Click Financial Help Disabled for more information.

Vehicle tax exemption

Did you know you can apply for an exemption from paying vehicle tax if you get the:

  • the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

The vehicle must be registered in the disabled person’s name or their nominated driver’s name.

It must only be used for the disabled person’s personal needs. The nominated driver cannot use it for their own personal use.

You can claim disability exemption when you apply for vehicle tax.

Vehicle tax reduction

You can get a 50% reduction in vehicle tax if you get the PIP standard rate mobility component.

The vehicle should be registered in the disabled person’s name or their nominated driver’s name.

You cannot get a reduction for getting the DLA lower rate mobility component.

Find out if you are eligible for vehicle tax exemption or tax reduction.

Related content

Benefits for Children

If your child has just been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder, here’s our summary of…
Read more Read more