Benefits & Tax Credits – An Introduction


Applying for benefits and knowing which might be appropriate in your situation can be confusing. This leaflet will help you understand what options are available.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has made it clear on a number of occasions over the years that people with ME/CFS are entitled to apply for a full range of sickness and disability benefits. We provide information about Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) the out of work benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) the disability benefit paid regardless of employment status, and, Universal Credit (UC) which is replacing means-tested benefits.

  • Please see the more detailed application guides, available from the Benefits and Insurance category of the website shop, when you decide to make an application or are considering an appeal.

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note: Once you have made payment and checked out from the website shop, you will receive a confirmation email containing direct download links to your leaflets. Click the links and you can read your leaflets on-screen and save to your computer, phone, or other device. But you will need access to a printer if you wish them printed.


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