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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.

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 to people affected by M.E. over the phone.

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.

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: