This page explains some of the main benefits you may be entitled to as a person with dementia or a carer. Such benefits are yours by right if you qualify. They could make a great difference to your life and should be claimed.

The benefits described are available in England and Wales. Benefits in Northern Ireland largely mirror those in England, but there are some differences (such as with Council tax support). People claiming benefits in Northern Ireland should contact the Benefit Enquiry Line in Northern Ireland (see 'Other useful organisations' at the end of this page for details).

This page contains a large amount of information. The first part looks generally at how to claim benefits, as well as how benefits will be paid with the advent of Universal credit (see 'Universal credit' below). The rest of this page describes specific benefits, which are grouped into the following sections:

  • Care and mobility benefits
  • Benefits if unable to work
  • Carers' needs
  • Retirement
  • Help for people on a low income
  • Help with housing costs
  • Help with NHS costs.

One or more sections may apply to you and you may find that other sections aren't relevant to your situation.

If you are unsure about what you can claim, or how to fill in a form, ask for information and advice (see 'Other useful organisations' at the end of this page for details).