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    • RandyRos
    • By RandyRos 30th Nov 17, 12:56 PM
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    RandyRos
    I get PIP now. What else can I get?
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    • 30th Nov 17, 12:56 PM
    I get PIP now. What else can I get? 30th Nov 17 at 12:56 PM
    I've just been granted standard rate for my daily living and enhanced for my mobility. Next time I renew hubby's car tax, he can get it for free. I know I can get a blue badge too. These will come in very handy, but am I entitled to anything else?
    TIA
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    • tboo
    • By tboo 2nd Dec 17, 1:57 PM
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    Hi RandyRos

    You may be entitled to the WarmHome Disount from your utility provider(most of the big ones are running the scheme)
    it's £140 that is credited to your electric bill and you would qualify because you are on PIP.
    I don't think you need to be living alone to get this.

    You will need to apply for it soon as there is a cut off date but most allow you to apply on line.

    The Blue Badge can also be applied for online and then you can send in copies of your PIP letter if required.

    Originally posted by butterflies56
    Just having PIP does not automatically entitle you to the Warm Home discount.

    EONs criteria is Guaranteed Pension Credit - automatic qualification
    or
    below - low income

    Not receiving the Guarantee element of Pension Credit and either:

    In receipt of Council Tax reduction for low income and born on or before 31 March 1954 (25% single person's occupancy reduction is not eligible) In receipt of the Savings Element of Pension Credit only



    Child Tax Credit:

    Child Tax Credit (or the Universal Credit equivalent) with a total household annual income of £16,190 or less



    Income-related Employment and Support Allowance:

    Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (contribution based employment and support allowance is not a qualifying benefit)



    Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, with any of the following:

    A disability or pensioner premium (disability/enhanced or severe disability premium or pensioner or high pensioner premium) Disabled child premium Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element A child under 5 living with you Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment (DLA/PIP alone is not a qualifying benefit) MATEX or MEDEX certificate

    # (Disability/enhanced/severe disability premium or pensioner/higher pensioner premium)


    Working Tax credit with a relevant income of £16,190 or less with either of the following:


    Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment MATEX or MEDEX certificate



    Universal Credit with a total household income of £16,190 or less with either of the following:


    Limited capability for work element (with or without a work-related activity element) A child element (with or without the disabled child element)


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    • RandyRos
    • By RandyRos 2nd Dec 17, 8:07 PM
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    RandyRos
    Thanks for all the advice and sorry for being sensitive. I have had Bipolar Affective Disorder with frequent depressive episodes for over 20 years now and since being diagnosed with a bulging disc causing sciatic pain and Osteoarthritis in my whole spine at the grand old age of 43, I have been more depressed than usual.

    From your advice, it seems the only thing I could get and use is the Radar key for public toilets. But with the state of the pubic loos in my area, that will be a godsend lol

    I'm with Engie for electric, I will check them out, but I don't think they do the Warm Home Discount scheme, which is a shame. We have 2 open fires and I find it very difficult and painful to clean them out. If my hubby, son or daughter hasn't brought wood and coal in for me, then there is no fire till someone else gets home. We have 2 storage heaters, but can't afford to run them.

    I wouldn't use any 2 for 1's on cinema etc because I go out as little as possible (depression). Hubby isn't my official carer. Not yet, anyway. I didn't want to disclose much about my situation because it makes me feel awful
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    • w06
    • By w06 2nd Dec 17, 8:14 PM
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    For a radar key, amazon is probably simplest, there aren't any qualifying criteria
    • RandyRos
    • By RandyRos 2nd Dec 17, 8:18 PM
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    Amazon? How bizarre lol
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 2nd Dec 17, 8:53 PM
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    Ames
    Your husband doesn't claim carer's allowance, but he's still your carer - and probably your son and daughter too. So look into what support's available for them via carer's groups near you. Especially if your son or daughter are children, there's lots of help out there, and there's no stigma or judgement attached to accessing it.

    Re the fires, when I lived in a flat with no heating I found heated throws a godsend. Something like this:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dreamcatcher-Washable-Electric-Chocolate-Overblanket/dp/B01I3KCH5E/ref=pd_sim_121_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=6MY9W ZQS2511SVJJ9PJV

    Although obviously do your own research into which brand etc. The one I had cost pennies to use - I didn't notice a change in my electric bill - and turning it on for twenty minutes kept it and me warm for hours.

    Also, make sure your energy supplier knows that you're disabled and vulnerable in case of power cuts. I'm not sure what they actually do, never having had to find out, but it's something to be aware of.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.

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    • Ames
    • By Ames 2nd Dec 17, 8:54 PM
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    Ames
    Amazon? How bizarre lol
    Originally posted by RandyRos
    Not really, it sells a lot of aids cheaper than 'proper' sources, and I think you can claim the VAT back with them too.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.

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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 3rd Dec 17, 9:56 AM
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    You can indeed claim the VAT back. I get nearly all my disability aids from Amazon.
    Sometimes the VAT is deducted at source, as with wheelchairs. It's also worth looking out for sale offers from disability supply companies in January. Last year, I got two ergonomic walking sticks for a quid each.

    Radar key three pack, post free for £2.49
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    • RandyRos
    • By RandyRos 3rd Dec 17, 12:26 PM
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    RandyRos
    how do you claim VAT back? I just bought myself a grab rail for the bathroom from Coopers
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    • w06
    • By w06 3rd Dec 17, 12:34 PM
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    Usually you don't pay it rather than claim it back. Most places have a form to complete declaring that the item is for personal use and that you are chronically ill or disabled

    linky to the gov.uk site https://www.gov.uk/financial-help-disabled/vat-relief
    • butterflies56
    • By butterflies56 4th Dec 17, 1:44 PM
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    I have just been given zero vat discount for a new Electric Adjustable Bed and a new Wheelchair
    • RandyRos
    • By RandyRos 4th Dec 17, 4:46 PM
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    RandyRos
    ah I see. Big purchases. Hopefully they are some time off!
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 4th Dec 17, 6:37 PM
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    Ames
    ah I see. Big purchases. Hopefully they are some time off!
    Originally posted by RandyRos
    No, even small purchases are zero vat rated if they're aids for someone who's disabled.

    Have a browse of Amazon or equipment specialists, you'll probably find all kinds of gadgets that you didn't realise existed but can help you a lot.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.

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    • cantcope
    • By cantcope 5th Dec 17, 1:15 PM
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    if you call the DVLA you can register your husbands car now rather than wait until his tax is due again and get a refund of paid vehicle tax x you just need to change the vehicle category.
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    • RandyRos
    • By RandyRos 5th Dec 17, 4:20 PM
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    oh really? I'll do that, thanks
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    • Starrystarrynight1
    • By Starrystarrynight1 5th Dec 17, 4:40 PM
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    If you're in receipt of the enhanced element for mobility, you could consider swapping the allowance for a Motability car. You could also ask them about being assessed for possible adaptations to the car.

    The Disabled Adult Railcard is £20.00 per year. I've not heard anything about being upgraded to first class for free, though. I always book it anyway so there is more room for my mobility aids, it's less crowded and there is room to stretch/stand up when I need it. When you book your tickets you can also book special assistance, eg have someone to push your wheelchair on board, or just carry your bags on board, help you get seated etc.

    If you're planning on flying anywhere, you can also book special assistance to help as needed, eg a wheelchair to get you to the gate, an access lift if the plane is off stand and you can't climb stairs.

    I'm in Scotland and my bus pass is more than just a simple bus pass. I can use it on trains in the local area and get a bigger discount than even with my railcard. It also allows me to have a companion at my local cinema at no charge. It's a Showcase Cinema, and I haven't tried it in any other chains yet, but I imagine it'll be the same. Check out if your bus pass has any alternative uses.

    I just bought my Radar key from Amazon for a couple of quid. Sadly, you don't need to prove anything for this, so I guess anyone could buy one and get access to the locked loos!

    If there are any concerts/events you'd like to attend, find the Disabled Services (or similar name) department for the venue and give them a call to book tickets. Usually, your companion/carer will go free.
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