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The Care Act 2014 – how does this affect you?

The Care Act 2014 was fully implemented in April 2015. It affects people who use social care services, or who may need to use them in the future. The act also covers people who fund their own care...


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...


Blue Badge scheme in Scotland

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...


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...


Disabled Facilities Grant FAQs for England and Wales

The Disabled Facilities Grant is a grant from the council to pay for adaptations to your home if you are disabled. Common adaptions include improving access to bathrooms and facilities, and...


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...


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...


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...


Applying for a Disabled Facilities Grant in England and Wales

Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) are for adaptations to a disabled person's home, enabling them to live comfortably and independently. Visit the GOV.UK website for information about the DFG, to...


Applying for The Scheme of Assistance for adaptations (Scotland)

If you or someone you live with is disabled, you may be eligible for a grant from the council to help with the cost of adapting your home. This grant is available through The Scheme of Assistance...