You can apply for welfare benefits if you are too ill to work, or if you are disabled.
The benefits system is complicated and changes often. This section sets out the three main benefits that you may be entitled to, and links to sources of detailed information.
There are many other benefits, tax credits and funds. Citizen’s Advice Scotland provides a comprehensive guide. We strongly recommend that you ask a welfare advisor for help with your benefits application.
Personal Independence Payment
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has replaced Disability Living Allowance. It is paid to disabled people who may face additional financial costs because of their disability. You do not have to be out of work to get PIP.
You can find more information on applying for PIP here.
Employment and Support Allowance
If you are unable to work because of your mental health problem, you may be eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
You will need to undertake a Work Capability Assessment. If your application for ESA is accepted, you will be put into one of two groups. The Work-Related Activity Group is for people who are unable to work at the moment but are expected to be able to work in the future. The Support Group is for people who are not expected to be able to work in the near future.
If you spend at least 16 hours a week caring for a disabled person, you might be eligible for Carer’s Allowance.