Work and Benefits

Here's some websites and publications with information on benefits, housing, and work for adults with JIA.

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) - Work and Benefits

The NRAS website has lots of information which is also suitable for families and young people with JIA.

GOV.UK

The following documents refer to disabled facilities grant, council tax reduction, help with rent, help with mortgage, information to tell DVLA, getting about- wheelchairs and mobility, motability scheme.

Apply for council tax reduction

This link will allow the user to enter their postcode to find their local council in order to start the application for council tax reduction (sometimes called Council Tax Support) and housing benefit.

Arthritis and driving

This link will provide access to the G1 Confidential Medical Information form which a person fills out if they have arthritis and they use special controls for driving a car or a motorcycle or if they have a medical that affects their driving. It will also provide access to the G1V Confidential Medical Information form which a person fills out if they have arthritis and they use special controls for driving a bus, coach or lorry or if they have a medical that affects their driving.

Disabled facilities grant

Provides information on the Disabled Facilities Grant that a person could get from the council if they are disabled and need to make changes to their home for example to:

  • widen doors and install ramps
  • improve access to rooms and facilities – e.g. stairlifts or a downstairs bathroom
  • provide a heating system suitable for your needs
  • adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use

Provides information in regards to how much they will get, the eligibility criteria and how they can claim. A Disabled Facilities Grant will not affect any benefits that you’re getting.

Housing benefit

Provides information on Housing benefit in regards to how much a person will get, the eligibility criteria and how to claim. You could get Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent if you’re on a low income.

Medical conditions, disabilities and driving

Provides information on medical conditions, disabilities and driving in relation to telling DVLA about a medical condition or disability, what happens after a person tells DVLA, what DVLA will decide, renewing or reapplying for a license, blue badge and motability, vehicle tax exemptions, toll concessions and applying for a dropped kerb.

Support for mortgage interest (SMI) 

Provides information on Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) which a person may be able to get if they are a homeowner getting certain income related benefits to help towards interest payments. Provides information on how much a person will get, the eligibility criteria and how to claim.

Surrendering your driving license 

This link will allow the user to download the Declaration of voluntary surrender for medical reasons form which a user must fill in to give up your driving licence if they have any medical conditions that can affect their driving until they can meet the medical standards of fitness to drive again.

Transport if you’re disabled

Provides information on transport in relation to trains, planes, cars, buses and coaches, taxis and minicabs and wheelchairs if a person is disabled.

Benefits and Work

Handling in a reasonable manner requests to work flexibly - Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas)

This Code of Practice is intended to help employers deal with written requests made by employees to change their working hours or place of work under the statutory right in the Employment Rights Act 1996 to request flexible working. The guidance in this Code, as well as helping employers, will also be taken into account by employment tribunals when considering relevant cases.

Incapacity Benefit-Moving from incapacity benefit (IB) to employment and support allowance (ESA)

Provides information on incapacity benefit and employment and support allowance (ESA) in relation to assessment and other Q&As regarding ESA.

Disabled children parents’ guide: Employment by Cerebra 

This guide has been prepared for parents of older disabled children who want to know what employment support is available for their children and what their employment rights are in respect of caring for a disabled child. It includes an explanation of the key employment provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

This guide gives an overview of the key advice and support that exists for disabled people, explains how the Equality Act 2010 can help to combat disability discrimination in recruitment and employment and also highlights your employment rights as a parent or carer.

This guide covers the following areas:

  • Assistance in finding work and support once in work
  • Key employment provisions of the Equality Act 2010
  • Parents’ / Carers’ employment rights surrounding absence from work to care for a disabled child
  • Supportive employers. 

Disabled children parents’ guide: Money matters - by Cerebra

This guide has been prepared for parents of disabled children who want to know what financial help may be available for them and what arrangements they may need to put in place to manage their children’s finances from birth and as they get older.

It gives an overview of the main sources of financial help available for parents of disabled children and for disabled young people aged 16 and over who may be entitled to benefits and other money in their own right.

This guide covers the following areas:

  • Entitlement to benefits, tax credits and other financial help or support
  • Managing money

o For children under 16 years

o Young people (16 and over) able to manage their own affairs

o Young people (16 or over) lacking capacity to manage their affairs

o What parents can do - acting as appointee or deputy

  • Preparing for the future

o Making wills and trusts.

The guide provides a summary of these complicated areas through a series of questions and answers.

Disabled children parents’ guide: Parent/carers - by Cerebra

This guide has been prepared for parents of disabled children who are under 16 who want to find out more about the support that is available to them in their role as parent carers.

This guide is written specifically for unpaid parent carers of disabled children who are under 16. This guide explains different sources of help including how your needs as a carer can be assessed by your Local Authority children’s social care services department (referred to as ‘the Local Authority’ in this guide), in order to access additional services and support. Even if you do not want such support, as your child’s carer you are entitled to have your views taken on board by your Local Authority when it is carrying out an assessment of your child’s needs.

This guide covers the following areas:

  • Support for your child
  • Support for you as a carer (not including welfare benefits)
  • Payments to buy the service /s your Local Authority has decided you need
  • Getting help from the NHS
  • If you and your child disagree about the support your child needs
  • Employment

This guide provides a summary of these areas through a series of questions and answers.

Rights in work - by Contact a Family

Provides information to parents regarding their legal rights to take time off work in certain circumstances, as well as the option of being able to request a   change in the working week to help juggle work and caring responsibilities.