In todays political climate there's a lot of change going on and especially so in benefits. If you're living with HIV and considering applying for benefits, or are thinking of going back to work and have concerns about how that might effect your benefits, it's worth finding out your rights.
First and foremost, although benefits might seem like a confusing maze, don't worry help is at hand.
Get in touch with THT Direct and we’ll put you in touch with a local advice service, or you can look up your local CAB.
Understanding which benefit you can apply for in which circumstances can be confusing and THT Direct can put you in touch with a local advice service who can offer you advice in relation to your individual situation. However a good overview of many of the benefits available can be found at the Citizens Advice Bureau Website.
You might find some helpful discussions going on in the Community forums.
Your local HIV organisation may also have benefits advice online.
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Is there anyone who can help without the stigma of being GAY, LIVING WITH HIV,DEPRESSION,EMPLOYMENT LAW,ENCAPHILTUS and you dont have to keep repeating and repeating and repeating yourself the same old story over and over again. Is there community support that at least understands all of the above and realsizes that all of the above and more causes the person even further into a depression even to idealist tendancies and could push people over the edge and this automated machine in itself is annoying to people who are dealing with the above because maybe just maybe a person behind the voice can understand but a machine is just progranmmed.
You can contact THT Direct on 0808 802 1221 to speak to someone about getting advice and support. Depending on where you are in the country, we may be able to see you at one of our offices - if you're not near one of our centres, the online support is also available.
The Community Forums (in the My Account section) provide a space for people with HIV to share their experience and solutions as well, which might be useful, as you'll be speaking directly to others who may have had the same or similar issues.
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Disability Rights Handbook 35th Edition April 2010-April 2011
Chapter 9 Employment & Support Allowance
Introduction how to claim page 44-46
Work focus interviews page 47-48
Work capability assessment page 49-59
Work-related activity group page 44
Support group page 44
Contributory ESA page 59-64
Income related ESA page 64-66
Chapter 20 Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit
Housing Benefit page 106-115
Council Tax Benefit page 121-124
Chapter 25 Housing costs
Income related ESA housing costs and income-based JSA housing costs page 136-139
Chapter 15 Jobseekers Allowance
JSA general conditions and how to claim page 79-84
Contribution based JSA page 85-86
Income-based JSA page 87-88
Child Poverty Action Group Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits 2010/2011
Chapter 7 Employment & Support Allowance
Introduction and how to claim page 141-148 154-156
The assessment phase page 149
Income related ESA page 150
Contributory ESA page 149
Support component page 151-152
Work-related activity component page 152-153
Work capability assessment page 163-169
Chapter 10 Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit
Housing benefit and discretionary housing payments page 206-219
Chapter 5 Council Tax Benefit page 80 -98
Chapter 34 Housing costs page 818-851
Chapter 15 Jobseekers Allowance
Who can claim page 351-352
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