There are advantages to being disabled and nearly all of them where mentioned in passing to me so you may know them already but I did make a post of them online to help others. Hope you find it useful.
So some key benefits that you may find useful whilst dealing with MS
Check your home insurance policy as MS is classed as a critical
Illness in a lot of policy’s this is an amazing burden that I got of
my chest with my flat being paid off. I was told by my insurance
company that they where amazed it took me 2 years of being diagnosed before I claimed but i just didnt know I could as I didnt feel that bad at the time.
Blue Badge – Before I got DLA I got a badge from Edinburgh Council and it cost £20 plus filling in a simple form and I got it pretty quickly. Luckily I didnt even need to do a medical. I guess you would need to contact West Lothian council for yours.
DLA (Disability Living Allowance)
Disability Living Allowance is in two parts – the care component and the mobility component. You may be able to get just one component or both.
Care component Weekly rate
Highest rate £77.45
Middle rate £51.85
Lowest rate £20.55
Mobility component Weekly rate
Higher rate £54.05
Lower rate £20.55
Potentially means you can get a mobility car
If you do get the DLA you may also be entitled to the Taxi Card & Bus pass as well as the R.A.D.A.R key see below. I just handed over proof of my DLA to get the following but you may be able to get these benefits without the need of the DLA
Taxi Card –
If you are unable to use ordinary buses you can apply for a Taxicard which entitles you to receive a discount of up to £3 on a maximum of 104 trips a year.(Another bonus with the taxi card is that you get to travel for free on the train to Edinburgh)
Bus pass – National Entitlement Card
Scotland-wide Free Bus Travel for Older and Disabled People
Scotland-wide free bus travel started on 1 April 2006 and allows you
to travel free on both local registered services and long distance bus
services within Scotland.
National Entitlement Card
To allow you to travel Scotland-wide, your new National Entitlement Card provides a standard branding helping bus drivers to recognise them easily. Over time your card may also allow you to access other local services provided by your Local Authority such as libraries and leisure centres
R.A.D.A.R key –
When you are out and about with your key and guide you can be
confident that you can locate, unlock and access a toilet facility
which meets your needs.
1/3 off travel for you +1 (anyone can be classed as your carer so its class as you and a mate get to travel for less. its a £30 something outlay but its worth it if you travel alot
Cinema Card –
which is £5.50 and gives cheap tickets but not sure exactly –
Free gigs –
Ive not tried this yet but it looks good you go to gigs review the disability access and they reimburse your ticket expenses have a look at the website. http://www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/
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