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    Am I subject to a means tested benefit if I am on a Personal Independence Payment and ESA?

    Does the fact I am in hospital for a long perod of time qualify me as being looked after by a Local Authority?


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    Am I subject to a means tested benefit if I am on a Personal Independence Payment and ESA?

    Does the fact I am in hospital for a long perod of time qualify me as being looked after by a Local Authority?


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    Some types of income are taken into account in full for means-tested benefits, but others, including Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance, are completely ignored. Other types of income are disregarded in part.

    Means tested benefit includes:
    Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance: paid to people who are unemployed and are on a low income.

    • Income-related Employment
    and Support Allowance: paid to people whose ability to work is limited by illness or disability and are on a low income.

    • Income Support: paid to people who are on a low income and under state pension age.

    • Pension Credit: paid as a guaranteed credit if you’re over the qualifying age and you’re on a low income, plus a savings credit for people over 65 rewarding them for saving.

    You will only be able to claim one of these benefits.

    You may also be able to claim these means-tested benefits:

    • Housing Benefit: this can help you to pay your rent if you’re on a low income.

    • Council Tax Benefit: this can help you to pay your Council Tax if you’re on a low income.


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