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Welfare benefits

Welfare benefits

If you have M.E. or care for someone who has M.E., you may be entitled to claim welfare benefits. 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.

Action for M.E. produces a range of factsheets about the benefits available, including information on applying and, if necessary, appealing. You can find links to these below. 

Guide to welfare benefits

ESA: filling in the form

ESA: reconsiderations and appeals

Supporting medical evidence for ESA

PIP: an overview

PIP: filling in the form

PIP: reconsiderations and appeals

Supporting medical evidence for PIP

Universal Credit: an overview

Permitted Work

DLA: a guide to filling in the form

DLA: revisions and appeals

DLA face-to-face medicals for adults and children

DLA for children under 16

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It’s best to undergo a complete benefits check to see what you are entitled to. For this and other welfare benefits advice, you can contact Action for M.E.'s free and confidential Welfare Advice and Support Service, which provides advice on welfare benefits, disability discrimination and employment issues to people affected by M.E. over the phone.

If you need help applying for Employment and Support Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, you can use SEAP’s benefit support app. This helps you prepare by testing any application form answers you have drafted to estimate how many points you might score.

You can also contact the following for further welfare benefits information:

  • Your local council, which may offer welfare rights advice or be able to signpost you to local services.