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Financial support following Ill Health Retirement

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Hi all - I need some support for my dad please. He was ill health retired from his employment back in August and was given a lump sum which he is using to live on - however that's not sustainable.
Bit of background......
He was diagnosed approx. 5 years ago with alcohol related Cirrhosis and went from 18 stone to 8 1/2 stone - losing all his muscle tone put was given adjustments to enable him to do his job
2 1/2 years later, my mum passed away following a Brain Tumour, and this caused him to suffer loneliness, mental health issues and a relapse in his drinking, causing ongoing health issues, he was ill health retired before he was dismissed. due to absence
As I said the lump sum will only last a while, he's 61 and receives about £300 from a private pension a month, and I have looked at reduction on council tax but that wont even cover his bills when the lump sum runs out. I have no idea what else he could be entitled to, JSA (is that still a thing) - disability benefit ?  Any guidance would be great 
TIA :) 

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  • jools1985
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    I'm sorry to hear of all the difficulties your dad is having. You would get better advice if you posted this question on the benefits board on here. I'd suggest as a starting point you run speak to the Citizens Advice Service as they have experts who can advise what financial support is available for him. He could also apply online for Universal Credit. He may or may not be entitled to help but it is worth applying. Good luck. I hope he gets the help and support he needs
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     Personal Independence Payment for his disability needs. 
     Universal Credit for his daily living costs. 
     council tax support to reduce his council tax liability. 
     New Style ESA for disability 
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    jools1985 said:
    I'm sorry to hear of all the difficulties your dad is having. You would get better advice if you posted this question on the benefits board on here. I'd suggest as a starting point you run speak to the Citizens Advice Service as they have experts who can advise what financial support is available for him. He could also apply online for Universal Credit. He may or may not be entitled to help but it is worth applying. Good luck. I hope he gets the help and support he needs
    Thanks Jools - I will look into it  (and pop on the Benefits board too) :smile:

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    _shel said:
     Personal Independence Payment for his disability needs. 
     Universal Credit for his daily living costs. 
     council tax support to reduce his council tax liability. 
     New Style ESA for disability 
    Thanks _shel.  Will take a look 

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