The Government recognizes fibromyalgia and other chronic fatigue syndromes as real and potentially disabling conditions. The Department for Work and Pensions perspective is in relation to state sickness and disability benefits.
In terms of state benefits, the Government remains committed to enabling people to remain in or return to work where possible; and the ESA aim to provide additional help and support for people of working age with disabling conditions. Being in work can help to reduce social exclusion and social isolation, and to increase a person’s sense of achievement and self-esteem; and all of these can contribute towards development of positive coping strategies. But the Government recognizes that not every person with a disability will be able to work, so the safeguard of state sickness and incapacity benefits continues to exist. And disability benefits also continue to exist, for those who have significant problems with self-care or restricted mobility.
- DLA– Disability Living Allowance
- ESA– Employment and Support Allowance
- PIP– Personal Independence Payment
- Disability Premiums – extra benefits for people on disability benefits
- Atos – disability assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
- Welfare Benefits Changes coming into force 2010 – 2015
- Future benefits, tax credits and social care changes (Disability Rights UK – formed through a unification of Disability Alliance, Radar and National Centre for Independent Living on 1 January 2012 – website)
- Turn2us charitable service which helps people access the money available to them