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Benefits and tax credits for ill health or disability

For detailed step-by-step advice on benefits and financial support, sign up for the email reminders in our guide to leaving work.

This factsheet lets you know what you can claim if you have a health condition or a disability. Whether you are working, thinking of working or you’re considering giving up work, this factsheet tells you what benefits and tax credits you’re entitled to. There are details of useful organisations at the end of the factsheet. The information in this factsheet is correct as of 3rd April 2017.

The rules for claiming benefits are complicated. For information tailored to your circumstances call the Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline on 0808 802 0925. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.

Universal credit is a new benefit system that will replace many of the current benefits and tax credits. Some families with children who are claiming benefits for the first time in selected jobcentres may claim universal credit. For more information on universal credit and how it may affect your family you can visit the Gingerbread website.

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