Benefits for disabled people

If you are disabled, you may be entitled to benefits and financial support. This page explains what help is available.

What benefits can I claim?

Disability benefits

Disability benefits are not means-tested, which means your entitlement isn't affected by how much money you have. Instead, the amount of benefit you receive will depend on how severe your disability is.

Income-related benefits

If you are on a low income, you may be able to claim:

Additional support is available through these benefits for disabled people.


If you have a carer, they may be able to claim carer's allowance. You can find out more about financial help for carers here.

Social fund

You may also be able to get a community care grant, a budgeting loan or a crisis grants from the social fund to help you set up home.

Getting help with benefits

Working out which benefits you can claim can be complicated - and filling in the forms can be worse! So it's a good idea to get some help from a Citizens Advice Bureau, welfare rights agency or a disability advice service. Use Update or the Advice Services Directory to find an agency near you.

An adviser can help you:

  • find out what you're entitled to
  • fill in the forms
  • sort out any problems with your benefits.

You can also call the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 882 200 for help with filling in benefit forms. If you are deaf or have a hearing impairment you can use the minicom line on 0800 24 33 55.

Financial support for disabled people

You may be able to get help to pay for housing support and other care costs, including self-directed support (direct payments), so you can arrange and pay for your own care services. The section on paying for support has more information.

In addition, depending on your situation, you may be entitled to additional financial support, such as:

Visit to find out more.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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