This information is for people in the UK. If you’re outside the UK, your local epilepsy group may be able to help.
If you have epilepsy, or care for someone with epilepsy, you may be entitled to benefits. On these pages we have information about the benefits that are likely to be most relevant to people with epilepsy and their carers. What benefits you can claim and how much you get depends on your individual circumstances. To find out what benefits you and your family are entitled to, you could use an online benefits checker like Turn2us.
Read on for a short summary of each benefit, or click on a benefit name to find out more about it.
Access to Work
If your epilepsy affects your ability to do your job or means you have to pay work-related costs, Access to Work grants can help pay for practical support.
A benefit to help with personal care if you have a disability and have reached state pension age.
Blue Badge scheme
Allows disabled people to park close to their destination.
If you look after someone with epilepsy who has substantial care needs, you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
A benefit to help with the extra costs of looking after a child who has a disability or health condition.
Disabled Facilities Grant
If your epilepsy means you need to make changes to your home, you might be able to get a grant from your local council to help. Disabled Facilities Grants are not available in Scotland.
Disabled Persons Railcard
You may be entitled to a Disabled Persons Railcard to get one third off rail fares in England, Scotland and Wales.
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
A benefit for people who have an illness or disability that makes it difficult or impossible for them to work.
Free bus pass
If you would be refused a driving licence because of your epilepsy, you may be entitled to free or reduced price bus travel.
If you have epilepsy and take epilepsy medicines, you are entitled to free prescriptions in the UK.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
A benefit to help with some of the extra costs of living with a long-term health condition or disability.
A benefit to help with living costs if you're on a low income, you can't work or you're out of work
Organisations that offer support with benefits
- Updated April 2021To be reviewed April 2022