If you live with a disability, or you care for someone who has a disability, then the chances are that you have enough to think about without having to worry about the various concerns that come with paying household bills, and managing expenses.
The good news is that there are many ways that you can reduce the amount you spend each month, by looking into discounts and solutions for disabled individuals and the people who care for them. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the best money-saving advice for people with disabilities.
There are numerous ways that you can save on your household bills if you’re classified as a person with a disability. For instance, one option is to apply for a reduction in the amount you have to pay regarding council tax. For instance, you might be entitled to a significant discount if you need to live in a larger home then you would if you hadn’t been disabled. This is known as the disabled band reduction scheme.
For instance, if someone was to build an extension on their property so that their bathroom is more wheelchair-accessible, this would increase the size of their home, and could mean that they end up with a property that’s on a higher band in terms of council tax. However, because the point of the extension was to make your home more accessible, you could get your council tax bills reduced so that you only need to pay the amount that was required of you before the extension.
Besides the cash that you can save on your council tax, you should find that you can also expect to pay no VAT on your disability equipment or any tools that are designed to adapt your home. You will also be able to get a cap on your water meter if you use a lot of water because of your condition, or use more because you are seen as having a disability.
Outside of your home, there are also plenty of ways to save cash if you’re a disabled individual, or you care for a person with disabilities. For instance, there are a lot of discounts for disabled people on everything from parking to car costs, to bus passes and rail fares.
Some people will even find that they can get access to free cinema tickets for themselves, their friends and their carers. In order to do this, the individual with a disability will need to apply for a specific card from the CEA, or the cinema exhibitor’s association. This offers you the opportunity to access one free ticket for anyone who needs to accompany you to the cinema. There are also a number of theatres that offer discount tickets to people with disability. You’ll need to check with the entertainment provider with whom you’re booking tickets to find out exactly what might be offered in your circumstances.
Across the United Kingdom, there’s also an option for carers to gain free entry and admission to English Heritage properties and National Trust sites. For instance, the National Trust and English Heritage sites provide free entry to carers or companions of disabled visitors. The disabled visitor, on the other hand, may still be expected to pay the regular fee for their admission or membership.
One important thing to remember is that many of the deals and offers that are available for people with disabilities will only become accessible for those who have proof that outlines the nature of their disability. It’s important to remember that you need to be registered as disabled to be able to take advantage of the schemes available for disabled individuals, as this will help to reduce the risk of people getting benefits that they’re not necessarily supposed to get.
In some cases, a copy of the award letter that you received from the department of work and pensions that shows your eligibility for disability benefits could be enough as proof of your disability. On the other hand, you might be able to simply offer a copy of your disabled bus pass or your blue badge, provided that you have already applied for and received one of these items.
Ultimately one of the best things you can do to make sure that you’re saving money wherever possible as a disabled individual, or the caregiver for someone with a disability, is ask what might be available. Don’t be shy, simply talk to the front desk at a location and ask if there are any concessions for carers or disabled individuals. More often than not, there will be something available, and even if there isn’t you don’t have anything to lose.