Regarding registering as a disabled person. Is the register for social or employment reasons. please could you explain the benifits of being on such a register. I recall a register for 'green card' workers, but the term 'disabled register' doesn't mean or entitle you to anything, to the best of my knowledge. please could you enlighten me... Thanks simon
You are quite correct that being 'registered' disabled does not bring any direct benefits, and many disabled people are not ‘registered’ as disabled.
However, depending on your circumstances their could be benefits to being registered with your local social services as being disabled. It could help for example with a claim for DLA (Disabled Living Allowance) this is a non-taxable benefit that if rewarded can continued to be claimed regardless of employment circumstances, even if these change. It may also help a potential employer obtain grants to adapt his working place and equipment to enable you to work there. On a more trivial level it may, depending on your local council, entitle you to free or discounted travel in your area, or things like discounted access to public amenities or practical help like insulation grants. Possibly in many other small ways as well, I don’t have a list of all the grants and discounts offered to disabled people, all of which help a little in making life for disabled people a little easier.
You should contact your local Social Services, who will be able to help you.
I recently moved from Cumbria to Fife where I had voluntarily added my name to the 'Disabled Register'. Attempts to do the same in Fife have proved exhausting. I am told by Social Services at Fife Regional Council there is no longer a requirement for them to keep such a Register. Information given on the Government website does not uphold this. Can anyone confirm what the exact situation is regarding Council's responsibility regarding maintaining a 'Disabled Register', before I approach my MP?