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Disability Living Allowance (Children)

Disability Living Allowance is available to children who have difficulties walking or who need more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability.

The child must have been living in Great Britain for some time unless they are terminally ill. They must also have had the difficulties for at least three months, unless terminally ill, and the condition be expected to last for at least six months.

There are two different parts of the benefit, one for care and one for mobility needs.

There are three rates of help with care:

  • lowest rate – help for some of the day or night
  • middle rate – frequent help or constant supervision during the day, supervision at night or someone to help during dialysis
  • highest rate – help or supervision throughout both day and night, or if terminally ill

There are two rates of help with mobility:

  • lowest rate – the child can walk but needs help and or supervision when outdoors
  • highest rate – the child can’t walk, can only walk a short distance without severe discomfort, could become very ill if they try to walk or the child is blind or severely sight impaired

When claiming, the child may have to go to an assessment to decide whether they qualify for the benefit.

The benefit will stop when the child reaches 16 and they will have to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP). There is no automatic process for this.

Here is more information about Disability Living Allowance.  Also, take a look at what’s on offer for children with disabilities under the Local Offer information.

You may find the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator useful if you want to find out what you are entitled to.   You can also get support with the application or other benefits advice from one of the local Providers listed in the Provider’s Box below.

If you are sure you can apply for this benefit but just need help to fill out the form, there are also volunteers at the Council’s Checkpoints who can help you fill out the form.

East Thames

East Thames offers FREE confidential information, advice and guidance service designed to assist local residents with getting back into employment or securing more sustainable employment with.

We can provide support on a range of services including:

  • Help to find you the job you want
  • Provide careers advice on a one to one basis
  • Assist you in creating or updating an existing CV
  • Support you with completing job applications
  • Provide access to computers for job searching
  • Develop and enhance your interview skills and techniques
  • Provide better off calculations and in work benefit advice
  • Identify training needs and signpost to relevant provision
  • Stationary and postage for job applications
  • FREE computer and internet access for job searching
  • FREE telephone, photocopying and scanning facilities for job searching
  • Access to Young London Working vacancies
  • Dedicated employer engager liaising with local employers to fill their vacancies
  • Dedicated advisor to help clients to apply for council vacancies with personal statement support

Criteria to register

The criteria to be eligible to register with East Thames are as follows:

  • You must be a Barking and Dagenham resident
  • You are not working more than 16 hours per week
  • You must not be a full-time student
  • If you have a visa you must have Recourse to Public Funds
  • You must not be registered on the Work Programme

East Thames website

  • James Briggs

  • Starting Point
    16 Pickering Road
    Barking
    IG11 8PG

  • 0208 522 5889

  • james.briggs@east-thames.co.uk

  • 09:00 - 17:00, Monday - Friday.

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Employment and Support Allowance is a benefit which can be paid to people who are unable to work because of sickness or disability. It is paid to people under pensionable age.

It is divided into two groups, people who are expected to be able to return to work in future and those who are not considered likely to ever work again. The second group gets slightly higher levels of benefit.

The assessment for these groups is carried out as a “work capability assessment”.

It is made up of a number of different amounts which are added together to arrive at the maximum figure which can be paid.  These amounts include rates for single people and couples, additional needs for people with disabilities, additional amounts for people who care for others and help with mortgage interest.

The maximum amount of help is reduced where the person claiming ESA has earnings or other income or has savings or capital over £6000. Where somebody has savings of capital over £16,000 there is no entitlement to this benefit.

You can also find out more and how to apply for Employment & Support Allowance by clicking here.

You may find the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator useful if you want to find out what you are entitled to.   You can also get support with the application or other benefits advice from one of the local Providers listed in the Provider’s Box below.

If you are sure you can apply for this benefit but just need help to fill out the form, there are also volunteers at the Council’s Checkpoints who can help you fill out the form.

 

Excel Women’s Centre

The centre has 10 local volunteers  and who between them speak 7 community languages.

Excel women’s centre is women resource centre for B &D residents.

We provide courses in Skill and employability support ,  Esol, basic IT and functional skills course, Health and Social care and child care course L1, L2.

We also have a coffee club and a work club. More on their website

  • Zahra Ibrahim

  • 13 London Road,
    Barking, Essex,

    IG11 8AA.

  • 02085943730

  • info@excelwomenscentre.org.uk

  • Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Excel Women’s Centre

The Excel Women’s Centre (also Somali Women’s Association) is a locally based health, wellbeing, training and employability organisation committed to providing support to women and their families in Barking & Dagenham (and surrounding boroughs).

Promoting independence community cohesion and integration to the wider society.  Services include;

  1. Advice Project
  2. Informal Learning Project
  3. IT and Vocational Training
  4. Work Club and Unemployment Program
  5. Lunch Club for older people
  6. Youth Project – funded by London borough of Barking and Dagenham through the youth opportunity fund
  7. Family Learning Programme – for parents & children who want to improve their English.
  8. Carers Support Group
  9. Activities for young people
  10. In addition to the above we also support to facilitate and run the Somali Women’s group, which is a User Led project to support women with mental health support needs.

The centre has 10 local volunteers  who between them speak 7 community languages. More on their website

  • Zahra Ibrahim

  • 13 London Road,
    Barking,
    Essex,
    IG11 8AA.

  • 02085943730

  • Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Family Information Service (LBBD)

Barking and Dagenham Family Information Service (FIS) provides comprehensive information and advice on the services available to parents, including information on local childcare and early years nurseries and pre-schools.

FIS works closely with children’s centres, Jobcentre Plus, youth services, family services, libraries and many more to support children, young people, families and people who work with families.

 

 

 

 

  • Town Hall
    1 Town Square
    Barking
    IG11 7LU

  • 020 8227 5395

  • fis@lbbd.gov.uk

  • 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday

Future M.O.L.D.S Communities

Our aim is to provide positive and informal educational activities with projects that are unique and innovative such as Boxfit, using non contact boxing as a tool to educate young people in healthy living, healthy minds and bodies including sexual health. Using such tools enables us to reduce isolation and identify barriers preventing people accessing mainstream services, particularly formal education and health services.

We work with young people to develop their own unique progression routes and continue to support them throughout their journey for as long as required. We tailor our programmes in such a way that is beneficial to the unique individual and the wider community. We seek to identify personal and social barriers and explore and develop strategies to overcome them. See website for more information

We offer;

  • Advice
  • Employment training
  • Advocacy
  • Community Activities
  • Anyone who answers the phone

  • Room 2.25, Barking Enterprise Centre,
    50 Cambridge Road,
    Barking.
    IG11 8FG

  • 0208 594 1398

  • info@futuremc.org.uk

  • Mon-Fri 9.00am - 5.00pm

Future M.O.L.D.S Communities

We work with young people and their families to develop their own unique progression routes and continue to support them throughout their journey as long as required.

We tailor our services in such a way that is benefical to the unique invidiual and wider community.  We week to identify personal and social barriers, exploring and developing strategies to overcome them.  We support young people from the ages of 13 – 21 years and offer some services for adults also.

Our activities include;

Boxfit at Barking Library

  • Boxfit ladies 18yrs + on Wednesdays 6pm – 7pm
  • Boxfit kids 13-18yrs on Wednesdays 4pm – 5pm

1-2-1 Drop In services

  • Mentor Me 16 yrs + – Drop In 1-2-1 service
  • Job Club 16+
  • Sofa Surfers 16+

We also run The Good Youth Forum bi-monthly (13 years +) and The Women’s Partnership (a consortium of community groups).

  • Sarah Robertson

  • Starting Point
    16 Pickering Road
    Barking
    IG11 8PG

  • 0203 288 2228

  • 07958 956417

  • admin@futuremc.org.uk

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 5pm
    Wednesdays 12pm - 8pm

Growing Communities Dagenham Farm

Growing Communities Dagenham Farm is a working organic farm in the heart of Dagenham. We grow fresh veg including tomatoes, cucumbers, salad leaves and strawberries (in season).

We encourage local residents to come to the farm to find out more about food growing – to learn new skills, brush up old ones and meet other local residents – you can also buy fresh produce.

You can drop into our Open Farm Sunday sessions any Sunday from May to November between 11am and 3pm to buy fresh produce or to try your hand at food growing. You can also come along to our Wednesday volunteer sessions from 10am-3pm. We ask new volunteers to come along at 11am sharp on a Wednesday for an induction and intro to the farm. There are a variety of tasks and also a delicious free volunteer lunch every Wednesday.

We have a range of tasks available suitable for all abilities and levels of fitness.  We accept volunteers of any age –however any volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Adult volunteers must be capable of working unsupervised for periods of time.

As well as selling produce at the farm on Sundays between May and November – we also run a farm produce stall at Dagenham East station on Thursday evenings 5pm-7pm – starting August 3rd.

  • Kerry Rankine

  • Dagenham Farm, Luke Allsopp Square
    Central Park Nursery
    Rainham Road North
    RM10 7EJ

  • 020 8592 3130

  • Dagenhamfarm@growingcommunities.org

  • Wednesday 10am - 3pm
    Sunday (May - November) 11am - 3pm

Guarantee Pension Credit

This is one part of the pension credit system. It is available to people of either sex who are over the women’s state pension age. This is currently increasing and will do so until it reaches 65, the same as men’s state pension age, in 2018.

It is made up of a number of different amounts which are added together to arrive at the maximum figure which can be paid.

These amounts include rates for single people and couples, additional needs for people with disabilities, additional amounts for people who care for others and help with mortgage interest.

The maximum amount of help is reduced where the person claiming Guarantee Pension Credit has earnings or other income or has savings or capital over £10,000.

If you want to explore if Guarantee Pension Credit is relevant for you, you can get more information by clicking here.

You may find the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator useful if you want to find out what you are entitled to.   You can also get support with the application or other benefits advice from one of the local Providers listed in the Provider’s Box below.

If you are sure you can apply for this benefit but just need help to fill out the form, there are also volunteers at the Council’s Checkpoints who can help you fill out the form.

 

Harmony House

Harmony House is a local charity offering a range of support for residents of Barking & Dagenham.  Services include:

Employment Support

The Harmony House team can support unemployed people into work.  This includes; help with CV writing, interview skills and job searching.  In addition, people on the programme can access Level 2 Food Hygiene and/or Health & Safety qualifications free of charge.

To register for the programme you must be over 19 years old.  If under 25, you must have been unemployed for 6months and over 25 must be unemployed over 1 year.  All who register must be eligible to live & work in the UK and have a visa for over 3 years.

Help with DIY & Household Tasks

Harmony House offer the FREE ‘Handy Person’ scheme providing people who can carry out small jobs that will reduce hazards and so prevent falls for example, putting up a grab rail or handrails etc.   For details of how to apply see here.

In addition, ‘Job to Do’ programme offers support with gardening, cleaning & laundry.

Silver Surfers.

We host a computer class for older people on Friday mornings. Some tuition is available. The charge is £3 per session.

Social Days

We hold all day events, providing opportunities for members of the community to gather and celebrate. St. Patrick’s Day, St George’s Day, Mat Day and Christmas were celebrated in the last year. We have a talk, lunch and afternoon dances. These events are always popular so please ring ahead to book a place.

 

 

  • Harmony House
    Baden Powell Close
    Dagenham
    RM9 6XN

  • 0208 526 8200

  • enquiries@harmonyhousedagenham.org.uk

  • Monday - Friday 8am to 6pm

Hestia

We are a London charity, working together with adults and children in crisis to change their lives at the times when they most need support.

Hestia can offer accommodation for women experiencing domestic violence in London.

We are the largest provider of domestic abuse refuges in London and have the largest team of specialists working to combat Human Trafficking across the Capital and the South East. Across our broad range of services, we also help people find a permanent home, manage their finances, take care of their health, and access work, training or education, as well as providing emotional and practical support to help people succeed in their daily lives. If we can find a way to help, we will!

For further information please see their website

  • All staff can offer help

  • Barking 0208 507 7400

  • Dagenham 0208 593 8947

  • Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm

Hope4BarkingDagenham (H4BD)

Hope4BarkingDagenham (H4BD) aims to provide emergency temporary accommodation, advice, support and meals for people sleeping rough in Barking & Dagenham. We can also provide Foodbank vouchers, help and advice including debt advice.

We also offer a night shelter for people over 18 who are homeless.  To access the shelter, please register at The Source (see details below).

H4BD is organised through a partnership with churches across the borough who offer this service free of charge.

For further information or to access support, please either visit The Source, Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Barking IG11 8DH, or phone the contact number below

 

 

 

  • Francis

  • 1st Floor, Vicarage fields shopping centre
    Barking

    IG11 8DH

  • (020) 8594 2404

  • thesourcebcu@gmail.com

  • Monday to Friday 10.30 - 5pm
    Saturday 12noon - 5pm.

Housing Benefit

This is the benefit which helps people with their rent.  It can be paid to people who are paying rent to private landlords or to social landlords such as housing associations or the council. It can also help other charges such as site fees for caravans and mooring fees for houseboats.

It has a needs calculation which is made up of a number of different amounts which are added together to arrive at a maximum figure from which the benefit is calculated.  These amounts include rates for single people and couples, additional needs for people with disabilities, additional amounts for people who care for others.

The maximum amount of help is reduced where the person claiming Housing Benefit has earnings or other income or has savings or capital over £6000. Where somebody has savings of capital over £16,000 there is no entitlement to this benefit unless they also receive guarantee pension credit.

In April 2013, the government introduced the Under Occupancy Charge, commonly known as the ‘Bedroom Tax’. For one unoccupied room, you lose 14% of your entitlement to Housing Benefit. For two or more unoccupied rooms, you lose 25% of your entitlement. There are exceptions to this, so it is advisable to get support from one of our listed providers if you have to pay it.

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) is paid in addition to Housing Benefit.  It provides extra money on a short term basis when you need help to meet your housing costs.  It is intended to support people while they resolve their financial difficulties.  This is not a benefit and there is no statutory right to receive a payment.

You can apply directly Housing Benefit application.   These links provide additional information on Discretionary Housing Payments and bedroom tax.

You may find the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator useful if you want to find out what you are entitled to.   You can also get support with the application or other benefits advice from one of the local Providers listed in the Provider’s Box below.

If you are sure you can apply for this benefit but just need help to fill out the form, there are also volunteers at the Council’s Checkpoints who can help you fill out the form.

 

How do I apply for a blue badge

The Blue Badge scheme:

Helps you park closer to your destination if you have mobility issues. You can get a Blue Badge if you have severe walking difficulties, are registered blind or have severe disability in both arms and drive an adapted car. The badge will be for you, but can be used by someone else if they are providing transport for you.

To apply click here.

How do I apply for a parking permit

A parking permit will let you park in a specific type of bay that is reserved for permit holders. The location which you can park in will depend on the type of permit that you hold. You cannot park in a permit holders space unless you also have a valid permit for the location or controlled parking zone (CPZ).

To find out more or to apply for a parking permit then click parking permits in Barking & Dagenham.

 

How do I get a Zip Oyster

All children under the age of 16 can travel for free on London buses and trams. Children who are 14 or 15 can travel free with a child Oyster photo card. Children who are under the age of 14 can travel free on London’s buses and trams without a photo card.

Application forms for a child Oyster photo card are available at Transport for London or  any Post Office in Greater London.

How do I get a Zip/Oyster card for my child

All children under the age of 16 can travel for free on London buses and trams. Children who are 14 or 15 can travel free with a child Oyster photo card. Children who are under the age of 14 can travel free on London’s buses and trams without a photo card.

Application forms for a child Oyster photo card are available at Transport for London or  any Post Office in Greater London.

How do I get school meals for my family

Free school meals are a statutory benefit that depends on your household income. It provides your child or young person with lunch at school for free.

You can apply directly through this link Barking & Dagenham School Meals.   If you prefer, you can get help to fill out the application with one of the Providers listed in the Box below.

The eligibility criteria is different if you have no recourse to public funds, so please check here.

How will it affect my benefits if other adults move into my home

You may find it useful to explore how Housing Benefit is calculated in Barking & Dagenham.If there are changes in your housing situation, it’s important to find out if it will have any affect on your benefits.  There are a number of factors involved in an assessment around this change including your employment status, the employment status of the other adults, if you have dependents, what type of housing you are in etc.

You may find it useful to explore how Housing Benefit is calculated in Barking & Dagenham.

If you are not sure how to work this out yourself, we suggest you make an appointment with one of the specialist providers listed in the box below who can help you explore this with you.

Turn2Us is a great tool to calculate what benefits you are entitled to.