What you might be eligible to claim
If you live with a lung condition that affects your care or mobility or your ability to work, you might be eligible to claim benefits.
On this page:
- Am I eligible for benefits?
- What benefits might I be entitled to?
- What are the qualifying rules for benefits?
You might be eligible to claim benefits if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
- have care or mobility needs because of your lung condition
- cannot work due to your lung condition
- are thinking of giving up work because of your lung condition
- care for someone with a lung condition.
Having a lung condition doesn’t automatically entitle you to welfare benefits. Benefits depend on how your lung condition affects your care or mobility needs, or your ability to work.
For general advice on welfare benefits, call our helpline on 0300 222 5800.
Use an independent benefits calculator to find out what benefits you could get, how to claim and how your benefits will be affected if you start or stop work.
Care and mobility benefits
If you have difficulties with daily living needs, getting around or need help from a carer, you could be entitled to care and mobility benefits.
People unable to work
You could be eligible for benefits if you cannot work because of your lung condition.
Universal Credit is a payment to help with living costs for those who have a low income or are out of work. We have information about Universal Credit and when you might be entitled to claim.
Conditions caused by work
If your condition is caused by work that you do or have done, you could be entitled to compensation.
Help for carers
We have information on the financial help available for carers, including taking a break (respite care).
Learn when you're entitled to free prescriptions and how a prescription prepayment certificate can reduce your costs.
Help with heating costs
It’s important to stay warm in winter if you are living with a lung condition. Find out more about how to get help with your heating costs.
There are a number of additional benefits that could help you if you have a low income.
Your lung condition may change, so you should review your situation regularly to ensure you’re claiming everything that you are entitled to.
Each benefit has different qualifying rules. But there are two main criteria – means and contributory:
- Means-tested - if a benefit is means-tested it will take into account your other benefits, savings, and income.
- Non-means-tested – if a benefit is non-means-tested it won’t take into account your other benefits and income.
- Contributory – if a benefit is contributory you need to have paid a certain amount of national insurance contributions.
- Non-contributory – if a benefit is non-contributory it won’t take into account your national insurance contributions.
Do you live in Northern Ireland?
If you live in Northern Ireland, take a look at the NI Direct page and the AdviceNI pages. You can also call the Benefit Enquiry Line 0800 232 1271 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits if you have care or mobility needs
If you have difficulties with daily living needs, getting around or need a carer’s help, you could be entitled to welfare benefits. These aim to make life a little easier for you if you are living with a long-term condition or disability.
Unable to work because of a lung condition
If you can’t work or are limited in the amount you can work, you might be eligible for benefits.