To help parents and carers and autistic adults understand their entitlement to benefits and how to make an application while the coronavirus outbreak disrupts our normal services, we are launching free online advice workshops. We strongly recommend that you get in touch with us and take part in a workshop before starting any application for benefits, to help increase the likelihood of a favourable decision from the Department for Work and Pensions. The Understanding Your Benefits Rights workshops will cover the same topics as the face-to-face sessions that we normally hold at our office in Reading.
Monday 15 June 2020 – Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- For parents and carers of children aged up to 15, looking at applying for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – register here.
- We are allowing some extra time to make sure that our advisers have time to cover all the key points and answer questions in the online format.
- Our advisers are also still available to help with your enquiries about the benefits listed above and to offer individual advice about mandatory reconsiderations and appeals if initial applications are turned down.
- And they can help with applications for Carer’s Allowance – the Government has relaxed some ofthe rules about this benefit during the coronavirus lockdown, so please contact us for advice about whether you may now be eligible to apply.
About 90% of the people who we help are awarded benefits. Our advisers Kevin and Carrie handled almost 200 cases in the 12 months from April 2019 until the end of March this year.
To contact our Benefits Service, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01189 594 594 (option 2) and leave a message, including your contact details. One of our advisers will get in touch to discuss how they can help.
The Benefits Service is being supported during the coronavirus outbreak by grants from the Charities Aid Foundation’s CAF Tourle Foundation Fund; the Louis Baylis Maidenhead Advertiser Trust; Tesco Bags of Help; and Berkshire Community Foundation.