All people with autism – and those who care for them – may be entitled to financial support, and services from local authorities.
Help with making claims for benefits
The National Autistic Society (NAS) offers help and advice:
To find out about what benefits may be available to you if you are an autistic adult or young person, or what may be available for your child if you are a parent or carer, go to the National Autistic Society benefits pages
The NAS Welfare Rights Service offers advice and information on all aspects of social security benefit entitlement. This includes advice on which benefits you may be entitled to, general advice on completing claim forms, what to do if you think a decision is wrong and how to appeal to a tribunal.
To use the NAS Welfare Rights Service go to this page. Or you can call the NAS Autism Helpline on 0808 800 4104 FREE (Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm, and Friday, 9am-3pm). The Helpline will take details of your query and arrange a telephone appointment for you with the NAS Welfare Rights Adviser, who will call you back at the agreed time to discuss your query in detail.
Detailed information about benefits and help with claims, appeals etc can be found on these websites:
The Money Advice Service for advice on benefits and a wide range of other financial issues
Detailed official government information on particular benefits can be found here:
For information about Housing Benefit, eligibility, what you’ll get and how to apply see: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/content/sheffield/home/benefits/housing-benefit.html
Council Tax Support (which used to be called Council Tax Benefit)
If you need help to pay your Council Tax, you may be able to claim Council Tax Support. Council Tax Support replaced Council Tax Benefit, and is also known as Council Tax Reduction.
Carers Allowance and Benefits for Carers
For Carers Allowance and other benefits and entitlements for carers, please see our Carers page