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Carer's Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more, you may be eligible. The carer does not have to be related to, or live with, the person they care for.  https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance A carer can claim…

Using public transport with a disability

All public transport vehicles have to be "accessible" to avoid causing difficulty for disabled passengers. Public transport vehicles also have to accept guide dogs or assistance dogs. However, if you are using public transport, it’s worth contacting the transport operator before you travel to make…

Vehicle road tax exemption and reduction

If you’re disabled or have a serious long-term condition, you may be exempt from vehicle excise duty (known as road tax or car tax).  You’ll qualify for tax exemption if you’re eligible for the higher rate of mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA),…

Planning for your future care needs

There may be times in your life when you think about the consequences of becoming seriously ill or disabled.  This may be at a time of ill health or as a result of a life-changing event. It may simply be because you are the sort…

Disabled Parking - The Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme enables people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services by allowing them to park closer to their destination. The scheme is open to eligible disabled people irrespective of whether they are a driver or passenger. For more information, please…

Carer's Assessment and support

If you are the parent/carer for a disabled child, or you provide unpaid care and/or support to a Reading adult (18 years +), or if you are a young person with caring responsibilities, you may be eligible for support. To find out more, please follow…

End of life care

End of life care should help the person you care for live as well as possible until the last years / months of their life, and to die with dignity. The people providing care should ask them about their wishes and preferences, and take these…

Care Programme Approach (CPA)

If the person you are caring for is on a Care Programme Approach (CPA) you may have additional rights to your own carer’s assessement. CPA is the name given to the process of care planning and review within the mental health service, which requires a collaborative approach between…

Cancer - Support Services and Advice

What is cancer? Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond…

Help with bills and paperwork

Some organisations can offer advice and support to help you with things like: managing money, paying bills, dealing with debt and claiming benefits understanding your rights and legal matters form filling Contact: Age UK Berkshire Reading Citizen's Advice Bureau Reading Deaf Centre Communicare Welfare Rights