Welfare rights advice

Here at Positively UK we offer a specialist welfare benefits service for people living with HIV.

As individuals living with HIV, it can mean you might need to seek for welfare support at some stage of your life. From financial difficulties to welfare support we have benefits advisors that can offer help. Also because there has been extensive changes to the welfare system in the UK in recent years, accessing these benefits can be challenging

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. In 2017 Public Health England data showed that one in three people with HIV lived in poverty and claimed benefits based on low income or disability.

If you are a person living with HIV and interested in welfare and benefits advice, get in touch with Ellie to know more.

BENEFITS

We can advise and assist you to understand the complex process of claiming benefits.

Where appropriate, we may be able to represent you at the First Tier Tribunal.

We offer initial advice, including in the following areas:

  • If you were informed that your benefit has stopped or will stop;
  • If you have been asked to attend a medical assessment;
  • If you have been told you are fit to work;
  • If you have been informed that you have been overpaid;
  • If your application for Personal Independence Payment has been refused.

Debt

We help with debt problems and money management issues, such as:

  • Budgeting and prioritizing debts;
  • Support with negotiating repayment plans with creditors and representation whenever necessary;
  • Checking whether there may be any benefits you are entitled to;
  • Advice on whether you should accept or dispute liability for debts;
  • The bailiffs have written to you and/or attended at your home – advice on next steps.

Workshops

We help with debt problems and money management issues, such as:

  • Budgeting and prioritizing debts;
  • Support with negotiating repayment plans with creditors and representation whenever necessary;
  • Checking whether there may be any benefits you are entitled to;
  • Advice on whether you should accept or dispute liability for debts;
  • The bailiffs have written to you and/or attended at your home – advice on next steps.

hardship

We can identify and apply on your behalf, or support an application for hardship emergency payments or white goods/furniture grants.

Housing

We provide essential advice for those who have nowhere to live or are in danger of losing their homes, including:

  • Helping with defending possession;
  • Raise or further disrepair complaint;
  • Assisting with homelessness and general housing needs application.

Volunteer with us !

We are recruiting peer volunteers to increase their skills and knowledge, and support the project. Next to making a positive difference to people’s lives, you will learn about a range of issues in the welfare system. You can also choose to specialise in Universal Credit, housing, debt or other issues. You will get the opportunity to attend training and workshops, receive qualifications and expand your professional network.