In this section
- Free prescriptions
- The Disabled Persons Railcard
- Free bus travel
- Access to Work
- Attendance Allowance: a benefit for people 65 and over with a care need
- The Blue Badge scheme: a scheme to help people with mobility problems to park near their destination
- Disability Living Allowance: a benefit for people under 16 with a care need above the usual for a child
- Employment and Support Allowance: a benefit you may be entitled to if you are not well enough to look for work
- Personal Independence Payments: a benefit to help with some of the extra costs caused by ill-health or a disability
- Organisations that offer benefits advice
- Organisations that offer legal advice
If you have epilepsy and take epilepsy medicines, you are entitled to free prescriptions. This is for all your prescription medicines, not just your epilepsy medicines.
How to get free prescriptions
To claim free prescriptions, ask your GP or hospital doctor for application form FP92A.This is the application form for a medical exemption certificate. You need to fill in parts 1 and 2. Your hospital doctor, GP or a member of staff at your GP surgery, will sign to confirm that the information you have given is correct. They will then send for an exemption certificate for you. These usually last for five years. It is your responsibility to renew it.
Reclaiming prescription costs
Until you have your exemption certificate, you will have to pay for your prescriptions. You will be able to claim the money back, once you have your exemption certificate. To do this, ask the pharmacist for a receipt form FP57 when you pay for the prescription. There is information on FP57 that tells you how to claim the money back.
For more information about prescription charges contact NHS Choices
Tel: 0300 330 1341
If you have epilepsy, you are eligible for a Disabled Persons Railcard if you either:
- Still have seizures even though you take epilepsy medicine or
- You are not allowed to drive because of your epilepsy
To prove this you will either need to provide a copy of your Exemption Certificate for epilepsy medicine, and a photocopy of your prescription for your epilepsy medicine or a letter from the DVLA stating you are unable to drive. You will probably not be entitled to a Disabled Person’s Railcard if you don’t take epilepsy medicine.
You will need to pay for a Disabled Persons Railcard, but it will save you money if you regularly travel by train.
Adults get a discount of up to a third on a range of rail tickets. One adult travelling with you will get the same discount as you.
Children aged from five to 15 years will pay the normal child’s train fare. However, if a child has a Disabled Persons Railcard, one adult who is travelling with them can claim a discount of one third off their own adult’s fare.
You can get an application form for a Disabled Persons Railcard from any of the following places:
- Some railway stations
- The Disabled Persons Railcard website: disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk
- Rail Travel Made Easy, tel: 0845 605 0525
- Epilepsy Action
If you would be refused a driving licence because of your epilepsy, you are entitled to a free bus pass. You are not eligible to hold a free bus pass just because you have epilepsy.
The rules state that the condition must have lasted 12 months or be likely to last 12 months or to happen again. So you are unlikely to qualify if you have had an isolated seizure, or are waiting for a diagnosis.
There is no age limit for this bus pass. It applies to adults and disabled children.
Epilepsy Action has more information about epilepsy and driving
A free bus pass can be used for free travel in England between 9.30am and 11.00pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays. In some areas, you may also be able to travel free at other times. You may also get reduced local rail fares.
For more information about how to get your free bus pass, contact your local council or your local passenger transport authority.
You can find details of these in your local Phone Book, or by contacting Epilepsy Action, freephone 0808 800 5050.
Alternatively, a list of local councils in England is on the government website: gov.uk/find-your-local-council
Bus passes in London - the Freedom pass
If you are eligible for a free bus pass and you live in Greater London, you can apply for a Freedom Pass. This gives you free travel on the entire Transport for London network. On most services, you can use the pass at any time. On other services, you may only use it at certain times.
Contact Freedom Pass for more information about using the pass and how to apply:
Tel: 0845 275 7054
Some people who can’t drive because they have epilepsy, may be entitled to help with the additional costs of travel to and from work, and also travelling while at work. This comes under the Access to Work scheme.
You apply by ringing 0345 268 8489.
Access to Work information for employers: gov.uk
Citizens Advice gives free, confidential, impartial and independent advice about your rights, including benefits. They can also help you fill out claim forms for benefits.
Tel: 03444 111 444 (for advice by telephone)
For information and advice on benefits and grants
Tel: 0808 802 2000
Contact a Family
Offers benefits advice for people with a disabled child
Tel: 0808 808 3555
Disability Information and Advice Line services, run by and for disabled people. They may be able to refer you to someone who can help you fill out claim forms for benefits (provided there is someone in your area).
Freephone: 0808 800 3333 (to find your local group)
This website has lots of information about all the different benefits that are available.
Disability Rights UK
This website has a number of free factsheets you can download. It offers basic information about benefits, tax credits, social care and other disability- related issues for claimants and advisers.
Cerebra have a free guide which takes you through each stage of applying for Disability Living Allowance for children.
Tel: 0800 328 1159
This will help you find a legal adviser in your area
Law Centres Network
This will help you find a law centre or other legal advice in your area
This will give you general information about taking legal advice.
If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our Epilepsy Helpline by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Updated August 2014To be reviewed November 2015