Advice on Benefits and Welfare
Living with HIV can mean that you might need to seek for welfare support at some stage of your life. If you are experiencing financial difficulties or need support around welfare, our benefits advisor can help.
Our benefits advice team can check your benefit entitlements, help you to complete the necessary forms, assist with contacting the Department of Work and Pensions and your local council. Appointments are available by request.
Many of us are living well with HIV; we work, raise families, enjoy social connections and support our communities. People with HIV however are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population. Many of us, especially those diagnosed before 2000s, have experienced poor treatment responses and become chronically unwell, making sustaining employment challenging. Public Health England data shows that in 2017 one in three people with HIV lived in poverty and claimed benefits based on low income or disability.
As there have been extensive changes to the welfare system in the UK in recent years, accessing these benefits can be challenging. If you are experiencing financial difficulties or need support around welfare, our benefits advisor can help.