Those eligible could lose hundreds of pounds each month, which could be vital given the cost of living crisis. As the challenges continue, Britons have been urged to check they are claiming any benefits they may be entitled to as this could be a lifeline against rising bills.
People can check what benefits they are entitled to by using the eligibility tool on the government website.
The type of mental health problem and its severity will affect the amount one can get from the various benefits available.
People with mental health problems may be eligible for financial support from the Department for Work and Pensions.
According to the mental health charity Mind, around one in four people will experience at least one mental health problem a year.
For some, their mental health issues could have a profound impact on their entire lives.
Even the most common mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression – all of which have seen a sharp rise in cases during the pandemic – can seriously hamper a person’s ability to live and work.
People with mental health issues could get help through Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Employment and Support Allowance, Statutory Sick Pay, Tax Reduction housing and attendance allowance.
1 Universal Credit – Amount: up to £689.19 per month
Universal Credit is a payment to help with someone’s living expenses.
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Britons can get it if they have a low income, are unemployed or cannot work.
2 Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – Amount: up to £92.40 per week
PIP can help cover additional living costs if a person has both a physical or mental health condition or a long-term disability and difficulty performing daily tasks or getting around due to its state.
People can get PIP even if they work, have savings, or receive most other benefits.
3 Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – Amount: £99.35 per week
People can get SSP if they are too sick to work. It is paid by their employer for up to 28 weeks.
ESA gives people:
- Money to help cover living expenses if they are unable to work.
- Accompaniment to return to work if they are able.
If a person’s mental health makes them too ill to work, then they are eligible for ESA.
5 Housing tax reduction – Amount: Reduces your bill by up to 100%
Britons on low incomes, due to poor mental health or other issues, can apply for council tax relief.
6 Attendance Allowance – Amount: Up to £92 per week
Attendance allowance helps to cover extra costs if people have a disability severe enough that they need someone to look after them.
What they get will depend on their circumstances and they will need to be of legal retirement age to qualify for this benefit.
To learn more about each benefit, people can visit the government website.
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