Money Matters

Money Matters


Information about types of financial support from national and local government that are available to disabled children, young people and their families.

Council of the Isles of Scilly Financial Support:

Council of the Isles of Scilly in partnership with Charities - Hardship Fund

If you are struggling to buy food, essentials and pay the bills the hardship Fund may be able to help you. Contact at:

  • Matt Davis - 01720 424 454 / 07810 881 381

  • Rachel Guy - 01720 424 441/ 07925 360405

  • Jen Woodcock - 01720 424 483 / 07917 198 334

If you are a resident on the Isles of Scilly and are struggling with understanding or paying your utility bills Contact Energy Awareness Advisor, Rachel Guy. You can contact Rachel Guy on or telephone: 0300 1234 105​.

Childcare Funding

Information on childcare funding can be found under Early Years 


Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance can be claimed if you have a disabled child and is money for people who have extra care needs or mobility needs as a result of a disability. The DLA rate various depending on the level of help the child needs. You will need to meet the eligibility requirements.  You can find out more information and how to claim here. You may also be entitled to enhanced tax credit if you are claiming disability living allowance. To find out more click here.

Disability Living Allowance for those over 16 has been replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP). You can find out more information about Pip, eligibility criteria and how to claim at

Pupil Premium:

Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:

  • generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school

  • often do not perform as well as their peers

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve. You can find out more about the pupil premium eligibility, funding and purpose here.

To view Five Islands Academy pupil premium report and their pupil premium policy click here.

Child Tax Credit Rates:

You may be entitled to extra payments for child tax credits under the disabled child element or the severely disabled child element. More information can be found on the government website and at


Severe Disability Premium:

People who claim Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance can qualify for an extra allowance when some benefits are calculated, this is called a 'severe disability premium'.  The benefits that can include the 'severe disability premium' are Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.

More information is available at and turn to us has some useful information and advice.



Disabled Facility Grant

Disabled Facility Grant is a grant that is there to allow you to make changes to your home. For more information go to 



Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You can apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you have a disability or health condition that affects how much you can work.

ESA gives you:

  • money to help with living costs if you’re unable to work

  • support to get back into work if you’re able to

  • You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed.

If you get Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

You might be moved to ESA if you’ve been claiming Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance. You’ll be told what you need to do and how much ESA you’ll get. To find out more visit 


Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s Allowance (CA) is claimable if you are taking care of someone for at least 35 hours a week. You do not have to be related to, or live with the person you care for. Carer’s Allowance can affect other benefits and you may have to pay tax on it. You can find out more at

To work out how your benefits are calculated you can use the benefit calculator.


Council Tax Support

You may be entitled to money off council tax if you are a Carer or have a disability. To find out what council tax discounts the Council of the Isles of Scilly Offer visit 

Council Tax Payment Assistance - Any customers having difficulties with council tax payment should call 0300 1234 105 (option 2) to discuss their account as there are a number of things the council can do to help. If your income has been reduced as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak you may be able to claim additional help through the Isles of Scilly Council Tax Reduction Scheme.


Inter-Island Access

If you are off Island and meet the eligibility criteria, then there may be access funding available for boating. Click here for more information. The council of the Isles of Scilly also offer a concessionary boating scheme to attend medical appointments. To find out more and check eligibility click here.


Direct Payments

Direct Payments are a financial payment made to families from children’s social care to offer short break support to disabled children and young people aged 0-19 and their families on the Isles of Scilly. You can find out more about short breaks and eligibility criteria by clicking here. 

Useful Government Financial websites links

1)   Gov UK Financial help

2)   Gov UK Facilities grants

3)   Gov UK Disability Living Allowance

4)   Gov UK Personal Independence Payment

5)   Gov UK Disabled Student Allowance

6)   Cornwall Council, Council Tax Reductions

7)   Council for Disabled Children Advice 

8)   Gov UK 30 Hours Free Childcare

9)   Learning Disability England Housing Advice

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Children and Family Services

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Carn Gwaval Wellbeing Centre

St Mary's

Isles of Scilly

TR21 0NA

Telephone: 01720 424490