Benefits Assistance

The benefits system is both a complex and sometimes an emotional experience for those who have not relied on benefits before. After reading this you may find it easier contacting us and at the bottom of the page you will find a link to contact someone at The Pumping Marvellous Foundation that may be able to point you in the right direction.

You will also be aware that the benefits landscape is changing all the time therefore we will being keeping this page light on information.

There are a range of sickness and disability benefits heart failure patients may be entitled to claim, these are ESA (employment support allowance), DLA (disability living allowance) for under 16’s, PIP (personal  independence payment) for working age adults 16 – 65 year olds and AA (attendance allowance) for people 66 and over.

For further information please visit the government website. Click or tap here

When making a claim for any benefit it’s important you give as much detail as possible as to how your ill health/disability impacts your daily life, including the help/support you need to complete basic daily tasks, even if you do not get that help.

You should also provide examples where you can; this should ensure the decision maker gets a clear picture of how your health impacts your daily life.


ESA – Employment Support Allowance

ESA is a sickness benefit paid to all adults who are unable to work due to short/long term health issues or disability.

Prior to assessment – You’ll normally get the ‘assessment rate’ for 13 weeks while your claim is being assessed.

This will be:

  • up to £59.20 a week if you’re aged under 25
  • up to £74.70 a week if you’re aged 25 or over

If it takes longer than 13 weeks to assess your claim, you’ll continue getting the ‘assessment rate’ until you get a decision or until your ESA is due to end.

Post assessment – You’ll be placed into one of 2 groups if you’re entitled to ESA. If you’re able to get back into work in the future, you’ll be put into the work-related activity group. Otherwise, you’ll be put into the support group.

You’ll get:

  • up to £74.70 a week if you’re in the work-related activity group
  • up to £114.10 a week if you’re in the support group

If you’re in the support group

If you’re in the support group and on income-related ESA, you’re also entitled to the enhanced disability premium.

You may also qualify for the severe disability premium.

Find out how to apply for a disability premium


You’ll get paid ESA every 2 weeks.


You will work with a jobcentre advisor or a DWP contracted work provider, with the aim of a return to work in the near future.


People with more severe, complex health issues and/or a disability will be placed in this group.  You will be left alone to concentrate on your health or you can volunteer to take part in the work related activities with a jobcentre advisor or work provider.

AA – Attendance Allowance

AA is a benefit paid to people over the age of 66 and over with chronic ill health / disability. AA is paid at two rates, low or high.

For further information please visit the government website. Click or tap here

PIP - Personal Independence Payment

PIP – personal independence payment

This is a disability benefit for working aged adults 16-65 based on care and support needs.

It is paid in two components care and mobility. The rates of benefit are either standard or enhanced.

For further information please visit the government website. Click or tap here

DLA - Disability Living Allowance

Disability benefit which has been abolished for working age adults, this group must now claim PIP which is personal independence payment.

DLA Is a disability benefit currently paid to under 16’s and some over 66’s.

DLA is paid in 2 components Care and Mobility; award will be based on how well you fill in the claim form, supporting evidence and a disability assessment by one of the DWP contractors.

For further information please visit the government website. Please click or tap here

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