Financial support

Many people are concerned about their finances after a stroke, but there is some help and support available.

Help from the Stroke Association

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, but need items to help your recovery, you may be able to apply for one of our Life After Stroke grants worth up to £300.

This could be used towards a holiday in the UK for yourself, or for household items such as a washing machine, tumble dryer, a new bed or bedding – the sort of things that will help to improve your quality of life. See our Life After Stroke Grants page for more information.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

If you were working before you had your stroke, you may be able to claim SSP for up to 28 weeks from your employer. This will depend on how long you’ve been employed, your age and how much you earn.

Benefits

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to apply for state benefits. This applies also to those whose SSP has run out. Benefits include Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance and Carer’s Allowance.

Other benefits you may be entitled to include:

  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit or help with rent
  • Council Tax benefit.
The benefits system is complex and changes frequently so it can be difficult to work out what you are entitled to. So it is always best to get advice from a specialist.
 
Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can help, as can many other organisations. They can help you find out what you can apply for and may be able to help you with filling in claim forms.
 
Find out more about the financial support that's available and who can help in our factsheet Benefits and financial assistance.
 

Read our publications:

Benefits and financial assistance
Life after stroke
Life after stroke - Welsh

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