It’s bad enough getting to grips with a rare medical condition, you don’t have to struggle through the benefits system too. My name is Steve Bradshaw and I am your dedicated benefits advisor.
You’ll find fact sheets with the latest news and changes to the benefits system here.
If in doubt, get in touch and I’ll give you advice on how to ensure information specifically relevant to someone with myasthenia is included in the application.
There are a number of ways that we are trying to assist you and we hope to develop and build on this as we go forward.
The Department of Work and Pensions has produced an on-line Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) toolkit. This includes general information about claiming for PIPs. However for members of Myaware a free of charge, personal benefits service is available to ensure that information specifically relevant to someone with myasthenia is included in any application. Myaware has prepared an leaflet giving an explanation of the purpose, working and impact of the new Employment and Support Allowance. Please also find a link to useful government help lines and addresses.
If you are in receipt of a disability related benefit and there is a significant improvement in your condition over a period of time, it must be reported to the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP). Failure to report material changes could result in an investigation and possible prosecution for fraud.
If you are disabled, you won't be charged VAT on products designed or adapted for your own personal or domestic use.
For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/financial-help-disabled/vat-relief
You can get a medical exemption certificate for free prescriptions if you are in the UK. Please ask your GP or Pharmacist for details on how to get a certificate.