Legal rights: social care, education and benefits

These pages explain your right to have your social care needs assessed, how authorities should make their decision about what services to arrange for you, and what the law says about charging you for the services you receive.

The Deafblind Guidance sets out how your needs assessment should be carried out, and is also helpful if you have problems with getting around, communication or access to information.

Understanding direct payments and personal budgets can be crucial for deafblind people who want to take control over how they are supported so that they can live more independently.

Also in this section we have pages on the law regarding deafblind children’s education rights, the statementing process, and what you can expect in the transition to adulthood.

Our up-to-date information on welfare benefits explains Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), the higher rate mobility component, Incapacity Benefit and the Employment Support Allowance.

We can also help you to understand how the Equality Act prohibits discrimination against a disabled person, your right to have reasonable adjustments made to how people deal with you, and how to challenge discrimination against deafblind people.

Finally, these pages summarise the law on mental capacity and summarise the protection available to incapacitated persons.

Each of the pages in this section contains links to relevant and further information.

First published: Monday 14 May 2012
Updated: Wednesday 25 June 2014