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Preventing loneliness in old age in Scotland

You may find yourself living alone in old age, which can cause loneliness and social isolation. You may become lonely and socially isolated for many reasons, often through retirement, losing friends...


Disabled Facilities Grant FAQs (Northern Ireland)

The Disabled Facilities Grant is a grant authorised by the Housing Executive to pay for adaptations to a disabled person's home. Common adaptions include improving access to bathrooms and facilities...


The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 - How does this affect you?

The Carers (Scotland) Act was implemented on 1 April 2018 with the aim to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. The new legislation places responsibility on...


Attendance Allowance in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Attendance Allowance is a non-means-tested benefit for people over 65 who have a mental or physical disability. The benefit helps with covering the costs associated with care. How can I apply for...


Blue Badge scheme in England

The Blue Badge scheme grants special parking badges to people who are registered blind and/or have serious walking difficulties. The badges allow you to park your vehicles close to facilities such as...


Applying for Employment and Support Allowance in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is a benefit for people who cannot work due to illness or disability. You can get financial support if you're unable to work, or help with working based on your...


Living aids, equipment and adaptations in Northern Ireland

If you have an illness or disability, you may need adaptations to help you live independently in your own home. To apply, contact your local trust for an assessment of your needs, and they will...


Applying for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) in Scotland

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is a benefit for people who cannot work due to illness or disability. You can get financial support if you're unable to work, or help with working based on your...


Attendance Allowance in Scotland

Attendance Allowance is a non-means tested benefit for people over 65 who have a mental or physical disability. The benefit helps with covering the costs associated with care. How can I apply for...


Living aids, equipment and adaptations in Scotland

If you have an illness or disability, you may need adaptations to help you live independently in your own home. If you are a private tenant, contact your landlord. If you're a homeowner or public...