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Social Care

If you need help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability, you may be able to get support from Social care.

Social care services can support you with:

  • learning disabilities
  • physical disabilities or illness
  • mental illness

This support can cover:

  • practical activities
  • personal care
  • social work

This service is to help you live safely and comfortably.  



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Social care can include a lot of services including:

  • advocacy (someone to help you say what you support you need)
  • community activities
  • day/drop-in centres
  • making sure homes are adapted and accessible to meet your needs
  • financial support (help with money)
  • personal care
  • giving information and advice
  • residential care
  • specialist equipment
  • support for carers (the people who help you- or you if you care for someone else)
  • supported living


If you think you might need help from Social Care, you should ask your local authority social services department for a 'needs or eligibility assessment'.   This will help them understand what type of services you might need or be entitled to.  Entitled means you have a legal right to something.

Social care services are means-tested. This means how care is funded depends on your financial situation.

Social care can be:

  • paid for by the local authority
  • paid for by you (or your family)
  • paid for by both the local authority and you/your family

The NHS provides useful information on receiving social care. The link below will take you to the NHS Social Services page in a new window.

NHS- Help from social services and charities


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Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

A Personal Independence Payment is a benefit from the Department for Work and Pensions. It is sometimes called PIP.

It helps with some of the extra costs you have to pay when you have long term ill health or a disability.

You must be 16 years old or over to claim PlP.

You can claim other benefits when you get Personal Independence Payment.

You can still claim Personal Independence Payment if:

  • You are in work or out of work
  • You have money saved in the bank
  • You are in training or education (like school or college)

How much money you get depends on how your health condition stops you doing daily activities.

A health condition is an illness or problem that can affect your health.

A health condition can affect your mind or feelings. This is sometimes called a mental health condition.

A health condition can affect your body. We call this a physical health condition.

PIP can help you if:

  • You find it hard to do daily activities
  • You find it hard to get out and about on your own
  • You have had these difficulties for at least 3 months
  • These difficulties could last for 9 months or more

Your health condition or disability could mean:

  • You need support with daily activities
  • You may not be able to do some activities at all.

You may need support from someone:

  • To help you do a task
  • To be with you and remind you to do a task
  • Making a meal or eating food
  • Reading something like a newspaper or a book
  • Talking to people
  • Meeting people and spending time with them
  • Getting washed, having a bath or shower
  • Getting out and about

For more information on PlP you can speak to us or go to the Government website.

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