There’s a certain stigma about state benefits. Not all of them, of course – few of us begrudge older people receiving the State Pension, for example – but when it comes to benefits intended to help those of us who are unable to work (either temporarily or permanently), the social and political climate can feel somewhat different.
That can be unfair. Few people like to be in receipt of state help indefinitely. Unfortunately, for many of us – sometimes after years of paying tax and National Insurance – there comes a time when we need to rely on the state to help us out in our time of need.
If this happens to you, it’s important to get all the help you can to ensure you are fully supported, receive the money you are entitled to, and