Benefits, grants and discounts

There are a number of national organisations you can contact for advice on benefits. Some give grants for items, like:

  • specialist furniture;
  • minor adaptations in the home;
  • clothing;
  • bedding;
  • electrical appliances;
  • sensory toys;
  • and family breaks.


Benefits calculator

This is an independent benefits calculator to find out:

  • what benefits you could get;
  • how to claim;
  • and how your benefits will be affected if you start work.

This is free to use, anonymous and has replaced the Benefits Adviser service.

Calderdale Council Benefits Unit

To see if you can get a Council Tax reduction , Housing Benefit or Free School Meals , phone: 01422 288003.

Calderdale Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

The General Advice team give advice on Habitual Residency and Right to Reside benefit issues:

They have a very high success rate of challenging incorrect benefit awards and over payment decisions. They can also help you to fill out form for:

They also offer support for other issues, including:

They aim is to empower clients to resolve their own problems.

Carers allowance

You could get a weekly payment, if:

  • you care for someone at least 35 hours a week;
  • and they get certain benefits.

Carers Credit

You could get Carer’s Credit if you are caring for someone for at least 20 hours a week.

Child Benefit

You get Child Benefit if you are responsible for:

  • a child under 16;
  • or a child under 20, if they stay in approved education or training.

Childcare Choices

All about Government help with childcare costs, which includes:

  • 15 to 30 hours free childcare;
  • Tax-free childcare;
  • Tax Credits;
  • Universal Credit;
  • vouchers;
  • and support while you study.

Whether you have toddlers or teens, see if you could get support.

Contact a Family

Advice on how to apply for benefits, which include:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA);
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP);
  • Universal Credit;
  • Carer’s Allowance;
  • and Tax Credits.

Disability Living Allowance for Children

This may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:

  • is under 16 and has:
    • difficulties walking;
    • or needs much more looking after than a child of the same age who does not have a disability.

To see if you are eligible, visit: Eligibility (

To see the current rates, visit: DLA rates for children (


These are responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy and are the UK’s biggest public service department.

It administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill-health benefits.

Personal Independence Payment (was Disability Living Allowance)

This helps with some extra costs caused by long-term ill-health, or a disability, if you are aged 16 - 64.

Tax Credits

You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you are responsible for, if they are:

  • under 16;
  • or under 20 and in approved education or training.

You may also be entitled to Working Tax Credit.

Days out, holidays and more

Merlin's Magic Wand : The Charity makes fun accessible to children with three Magic Spells:

  • 'Magical Days Out' - tickets and funding travel grants to families to enjoy their day at a Merlin Entertainments’ attraction;
  • 'Merlin’s Magic On Tour' - working with local communities at hospitals and hospices. To bring the magic to children wherever they are;
  • and 'Merlin’s Magic Spaces' - designing and creating amazing projects in hospitals, orphanages, learning centres and more, around the world.

Make a Wish : Our wishes are varied, personal and life-changing, whether it is:

  • starring in their own films;
  • walking with dinosaurs;
  • going on an amazing holiday;
  • meeting a celebrity hero;
  • or having a bedroom makeover.

We go above and beyond to grant amazing wishes to very amazing children. Their One True Wish made a reality at a time when they need it the most. Because a child's life shouldn't be about illness, hospitals and diagnosis - it should be about wonder, joy and hope.

Fulfil the Wish : A charity founded in 2000. It provide activity and sightseeing holidays to children and young people who have lifelong and life-limiting disabilities. They offer friendship and companionship through bespoke group holidays, days out and fun adventures. They give clients the chance to enjoy experiences together. To ease the pressure of caring for a special needs child and enjoy quality family time together. Disability is not a barrier to participation, fun or friendship!

Holiday Grants - Disabled Children : A website providing a whole range of grants from different providers.


BT Basic

A low-cost service for people on low incomes who may otherwise find it difficult to afford a home phone line. For more about this, please read: FileBT Basic overview

Travel Expenses

You may be able to claim help with the costs for travel to and from appointments, if you have:

  • a low income;
  • or receive certain benefits or tax credits.

Contact the Early Years and Child Sufficiency team , or Calderdale's Citizens Advice Bureau by phone: 01422 842848.



Their grant scheme funds up to 80% of the cost of equipment and services.

This is to help make life easier and more enjoyable for children with neurological conditions.

Family Fund

Offer grants for families with severely disabled children.

Visit their site for details on applying for a grant and what it can be used for.

Yorkshire Children's Trust

Offers grants for home modifications, respite holidays, travel costs, baby items, white goods and medical equipment.

They also offer one off travel costs for a child that is in hospital for at least 8 days, this could be for emergency treatment or planned treatment. The grant amount for this is £100 and can be applied for online.

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