If you are terminally ill or someone you know is, there may be benefits, grants or other support available to you.
Definitions of terminal illness
Terminal illness in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - You have a terminal illness if you have a progressive disease, and your doctor thinks you have twelve months or less to live.
Terminal illness in Scotland – You have a terminal illness if your doctor thinks you have a progressive disease which can reasonably be expected to lead to your death.
If you are terminally ill or someone you know is, there may be benefits available to you.
Apply for benefits
To check what benefits you might be entitled to quickly and easily, you can use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator. The calculator cannot tell you what benefits you will be entitled to as a result of your terminal illness, but it can show you whether you would be entitled to extra means-tested benefits if you get disability benefits.
To read more about the benefits available for people who have a terminal illness, select from the list.
To check what benefits you might be entitled to quickly and easily, you can use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator.
If you are aged between 16 and 66 and have a terminal illness.
If you live in Scotland and have a terminal illness.
If you are over 66, have a terminal illness and you need help with your personal care.
If your child is aged under 16 and has a terminal illness.
If you live in Scotland your child has terminal illness.
Unable to work
If you are unable to work due to your terminal illness, you may be able to claim one of the benefits in the list.
If you are aged between 16 and 66 and on a low income or aren’t working. It includes amounts for illness and disabilities. For new claimants, Universal Credit replaces the help that used to be provided through income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
Check if you can get an extra amount included in your income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Housing Benefit or Pension Credit.
If you are aged 16 or over and under State Pension age and are unable to work because of a terminal illness. You have to have made enough national insurance contributions and you can’t be getting Statutory Sick Pay.
If you are already getting tax credits and satisfy the eligibility criteria, you might be able to get an extra amount in your working tax credits because of your disability.
If you are an employee, you are sick and unable to work.
Caring for someone
If you are caring for someone who is terminally ill, you may be able to claim Carer’s Allowance. See our carers guide to find out what benefits, grants, and other financial support is available.
To find out what help may be available from grant-giving charities, you can use the Turn2us Grants Search.
Advice and support
Turn2us is unable to offer advice on individual situations. To find an adviser in your area to discuss your situation with you can use the Turn2us Find an Adviser.