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Welfare benefits

Information and advice about welfare benefits and other services

Advicelocal help you find information relating to: welfare benefits and tax credits; council tax, including exemptions and discounts; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; employment and work issues; disability and social care; and asylum and immigration. You enter your postcode and the website gives you detailed information and lets you know where you can go to get help near you.

Disability Rights UK  provides helplines and information on benefits, personal budgets and other products and services developed by and for disabled people.

Radar keys: You might be interested to know that you can buy Radar keys from buy Radar keys from Disability Rights UK. A Radar key can unlock over 9,000 public accessible toilets in the UK. At £4.50 these are great value for anyone with IBD or an ostomy, or anyone with a child with any of these.

VAT on personal items: Items bought for the sole use of a person with a long-standing health condition or disability can often be obtained VAT free (see e.g. RADAR key). The supplier may require a declaration form which they file for inspection by HMRC.

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