In todays political climate there's a lot of change going on and especially so in benefits. If you're living with HIV and considering applying for benefits, or are thinking of going back to work and have concerns about how that might effect your benefits, it's worth finding out your rights.
First and foremost, although benefits might seem like a confusing maze, there’s no need to worry as help is at hand. We have a team of trained Generalist Advisers who can help you find out your entitlement and how best to manage applications, reviews and appeals. You can access help from us by online live chat, by email or on the phone - whichever suits you.
Understanding which benefit you can apply for in which circumstances can be confusing and THT Direct can offer you advice in relation to your individual situation.
Our online advisers are also available for free, confidential consultations.
The Citizens Advice Bureau gives a good overview of many of the benefits available on their website.
You can access online advice from a qualified Generalist Adviser here on myHIV. You might find some helpful discussions going on our community forums - UK’s largest online community of people living with HIV.
Other organisations that may be able to help you:
Your local HIV organisation may also have benefits advice online.
Our helpline, THT Direct, can give first-line advice on benefits. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - our qualified Generalist Advisors can answer you within two working days. Our information and advice is accredited by the Information Standard, the Legal Services Commission and The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.
For in-depth support our advisers will refer you to a local agency or Citizens Advice Bureau.
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Is there anyone who can help without the stigma of being GAY, LIVING WITH HIV,DEPRESSION,EMPLOYMENT LAW,ENCAPHILTUS and you dont have to keep repeating and repeating and repeating yourself the same old story over and over again. Is there community support that at least understands all of the above and realsizes that all of the above and more causes the person even further into a depression even to idealist tendancies and could push people over the edge and this automated machine in itself is annoying to people who are dealing with the above because maybe just maybe a person behind the voice can understand but a machine is just progranmmed.
You can contact THT Direct on 0808 802 1221 to speak to someone about getting advice and support. Depending on where you are in the country, we may be able to see you at one of our offices - if you're not near one of our centres, the online support is also available.
The Community Forums (in the My Account section) provide a space for people with HIV to share their experience and solutions as well, which might be useful, as you'll be speaking directly to others who may have had the same or similar issues.
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