Help for people with serious illnesses is available, both from the government and from charities.
Benefits are available to give you financial support if you’re unable to work; the main one is the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
The Personal Independence Payment replaced the Disability Living Allowance in 2013. You can claim if you have difficulty with some of the tasks involved in daily living, or if you have problems going out or moving around.
If you need more than 14 items a year, a prepayment prescription certificate (PPC) can make paying for prescriptions cheaper. It covers you for all NHS prescriptions, no matter how many you need, and costs £104 a year.