Benefits and grants

There are a number of national organisations that you can contact for advice on benefits and some that provide grants for items including specialist furniture, minor adaptations in the home, clothing, bedding, electrical appliances, sensory toys and family breaks:

  • Benefits calculator

    An independent benefits calculator to find out what benefits you could get, how to claim, how your benefits will be affected if you start work. These are free to use, anonymous, and have replaced the Benefits Adviser service.

  • Calderdale Council Benefits Unit

    Tel: 01422 288003. See if you are entitled to a council tax reduction, housing benefit or free school meals.

  • The General Advice Team give advice on Habitual Residency and Right to Reside benefit issues, Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit, Tax credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction Challenges and Appeals and full Benefits checks. The team have a very high success rate of challenging incorrect benefit awards and over payment decisions. The team also assist clients with form filling for Personal Independence Payment, Employment and Support Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (for children). We can also offer support for other issues including Family, Consumer, Employment, Debt and Utility problems. Our aim is to empower clients to resolve their problems.

  • You could get a weekly payment if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits. .

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

  • Cerebra

    Their grant scheme funds up to 80% of the cost of equipment and services to help make life easier and more enjoyable for children with neurological conditions.

  • You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training).

  • All about Government help with childcare costs, including 15 to 30 hours free child care, 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 including Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Universal Credit, Carer’s Allowance and Tax Credits

  • May help with the extra costs of looking after a child who is under 16 and has difficulties walking or needs more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability

  • DWP

    Responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to over 22 million claimants and customers.

  • Family Fund

    Grants for Families with Severely Disabled Children with information on applying for a grant and what it can be used for

  • Personal Independence Payment (was Disability Living Allowance)

    Helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you’re aged 16 to 64.

  • Tax Credits

    You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you’re responsible for if they’re under 16 or under 20 and in approved education or training. You may also be entitled to Working Tax Credit..

  • Travel Expenses

    If you have a low income or receive certain benefits or tax credits you may be eligible to claim help with the cost of travelling to and from appointments. Talk to the Early Years and Child Sufficiency team, or contact Calderdale Citizens Advice Bureau, telephone 01422 842848.

  • Yorkshire Children's Trust  

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