benefits changes at 16 and over
Most parent carers are used to claiming benefits like DLA to help meet some of the additional costs of caring for their disabled children. But as your child reaches 16 and circumstances change – for example your child leaves education or begins to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – there can be a knock-on effect on your whole family's income.
Most of the information in the chapter will be just as useful to families across Sussex, though information about specific services may differ depending on where you live. You can read more up to date information on Personal Independence Payment on this website. Or visit the East Sussex Local Offer for more information about preparing for adult life.
If you need more in depth advice about your specific family circumstances, call our helpline. We may be able to give you more tailored support with making a claim for DLA or PIP.
You can also contact the Money Advice Plus or Possability People for advice about entitlements to benefits or to get support with making claims. Or you could get one of the ‘under 18’ advisers at your local job centre to do a ‘better off calculation’ for you to help you understand how the benefits your child claims might affect yours.