If you have M.E. or care for someone who has M.E., you may be unable to work and you may need help and guidance on accessing welfare benefits.
These pages can offer you a brief introduction - but be aware! The welfare system is complicated and subject to reform (a big campaign issue for us!), so we do strongly recommend that you seek advice before making a claim.
Supporting, Lifelong and Professional members of Action for M.E. have access to our Welfare Rights Helpline for information and support.
Non-members could join us or contact Citizens Advice. Some local councils have Welfare Rights Workers who may be able to help or signpost you to local advice agencies.
Action for M.E. produces a range of factsheets about the benefits available, including information on applying and, if necessary, appealing.
You can find these in our publications section.
Tell your story
If you have made a recent claim for benefits, as a person with M.E. or as a carer for someone with M.E., please tell us your story.
Sharing tips and recent experiences may help others in the same situation. Your experiences could also provide valuable evidence when we campaign for change.
Read past articles about welfare in our InterAction archive.