A2B: Access 2 Benefits
Every year, billions of pounds of benefits are unclaimed by people who are entitled to them, some estimates put the figure at more than £16 billion. There are many reasons why this is so, but the biggest reason is that people do not know about the benefits they may be entitled to. Other factors include being put off from claiming by the sheer complexity of the system, or embarrassment, or even fear. Skin disease sufferers are further discriminated because in many cases their condition is not officially classified as a disability, thus depriving them of access to benefits for the disabled. Many skin disease patients and their families are suffering financially because of their condition.
Our team of staff and volunteer researchers will investigate, examine and evaluate existing benefits and explain how they relate to the needs of skin disease patients. The results of this research will be made available via the SDBM website, Newsletter and email alerts.