Benefits for people with epilepsy

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.

  • Attendance Allowance
    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.

  • Carers Allowance
    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.

  • Free prescriptions
    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.

  • Universal Credit
    A benefit to help with living costs if you're on a low income, you can't work or you're out of work

  • Useful Organisations
    Organisations that offer support with benefits

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F136.06
  • Updated April 2021
    To be reviewed April 2022

Comments: read the 5 comments or add yours

Comments

hi
my daughter has epilepsy about 9 years ago. she has not applied for benefits. she got 2 fits. the last fit happened 7 years ago now taking medicine. recently she had one more fit. `she is 25 years old. my question is now, can she apply for benefits? I take care of her and also can I apply benefits for taking care of her?

Submitted by nadeem

Hi Nadeem

Here is all our information about epilepsy and benefits. As your daughter has only had one seizure in the last 7 years it is unlikely DWP would consider that she needed a carer based on her epilepsy.

But if her last seizure was in the last 12 months then she would be refused a driving licence. Because of this she would be entitled to a free bus pass. And she could apply for a discounted railcard.

I am guessing your daughter is taking epilepsy medicine. If so she should be getting free prescriptions.

Some people with epilepsy are able to get personal independence payments. Your daughter would be unlikely to be successful related to her epilepsy if she has only had one seizure in the last year. But if she has another health condition it may be worth considering. The payments are not based on a diagnosis but on how a health condition affects you day-to-day.

If you would like a benefits check based on your household you could ring Turn2us. They have a benefits and grants helpline. Their helpline number is 0808 802 2000. Or you could talk to a local welfare rights unit such as Citizens Advice.

I hope this information is useful for you

Regards

 

Cherry  

Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Cherry - Epilep...

Hi there my name is Andy Virk and I have seizures and Im paying$450 for child support and$150 for schooling

Submitted by Andy Virk

hi, i have been epileptic 24 years suffering grand mal siezures in big clusters (10-20) consecutivly every week or so. my doctors and benifits office all agree i am disabled not only by my epilepsy but by medications which leave me unable to see properly or stand without falling and by brain damage which has left me with very little short term to long term memory transfer. i used to recieve d.l.a but since benifit system was redesigned and d.l.a was replaced by p.i.p i recieve nothing as medical assessment staff down in brighton say that p.i.p no longer recognises epilepsy as a disablity which is held up when i ask for tribunal reassessment. have now been living on nothing for years which is not simple or healthy thing to do.

Submitted by craig

Hi Craig,

Thank you for your message. It sounds like it has been a difficult time for you.

To qualify for PIP you must have a long-term health condition or disability, and have difficulty with activities of daily living or with mobility. How much you get and whether you are granted the PIP is based on how your condition affects your ability to complete certain tasks, not on having a particular condition. From the issues you have told us about with your memory, vision and having falls, it sounds as though you might be having difficulties with daily living and mobility. So you may be entitled to money to support with this.

You could make an appointment with a welfare rights unit such as Citizens Advice, to check if you have grounds to challenge the tribunal decision. Or you can reapply for PIP and start the process again. Citizens Advice might be help you to complete the application form. We have developed some guidance that might help you get across the important information about how your epilepsy affects you. We recommend that you use our information together with the Citizens Advice guide to completing the PIP form.

Epilepsy Action believes that the PIP assessment process is failing people with epilepsy. Many people are missing out on money they may be entitled to. I'm linking you to our campaign to improve PIP for people with epilepsy if this is of interest to you.

I hope this information helps.

Regards,
Tove
Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Tove - Epilepsy...

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