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Welfare & Benefits

If you are living with a life-limiting or terminal illness in Lincolnshire, we might be able to help you access the benefits or grants you are entitled to.

We aim to alleviate worries about financial wellbeing through the expert support and guidance of our welfare and benefits advisers.

How can we support you?

One of the first thoughts when someone is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness is about finances and the impact this will have on themselves and their family.

Our Welfare and Benefits team are here to support you in a variety of ways:

  • Discussing the benefits you may be entitled to
  • Supporting with applying for benefits and grants
  • Supporting with applying for Disabled Blue Badge applications if applicable
  • Information signposting following a bereavement and money towards funeral costs

Although there are some areas the team does not cover, such as debt management, housing or legal matters, we can signpost you to the relevant people.

To access this service, you must be registered to a Lincolnshire GP and have a life-limiting illness which includes conditions such as cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s, heart failure, motor neurone disease and more.

Our support and advice are free of charge.

Click the button “What we can help with” below to see a list of the grants and benefits that we can discuss with you.

If you would like to talk to us about what you could be entitled to, contact our Welfare and Benefits Team on 01476 513 544.

A note from the welfare & benefits team

Due to changes made by the government on 9th February 2023 regarding bereavement support payments. If you have/had dependent children and your partner, who you were living with as though you were married died on or after 6th April 2017 you may be entitled to claim bereavement support payment (BSP).

“You must have been under State Pension age when your partner died, or under State Pension age on 30 August 2018.

“When your partner died, you must have been either getting (or been entitled to) Child Benefit or pregnant. You must meet the eligibility rules for Child Benefit, but you do not need to have made a claim for it.

“If your partner died before 6 April 2017, you may be able to get Widowed Parent’s Allowance instead.”

People who have not claimed the Bereavement Support payment and think they would be eligible can call the DWP bereavement service on 0800 151 2012 or visit the government’s website to apply online:

Please note claims must be made before February 2024.

What we can help with - click here

Some benefits we can support with include the below. Click on each to see an info sheet with more information.


St Barnabas Hospice Trust (Lincolnshire) “The Trust” is committed to the highest standard of information and every attempt has been made to present up to date and accurate information. However, given that the eligibility of entitlement to welfare benefits is prone to change, The Trust is unable to provide warranty as to the accuracy of the advice and accepts no liability for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused because of reliance on such information. The Trust always recommends that service users confirm with the relevant authority on their entitlement to any benefit before making a claim.

Wellbeing services we offer


Family & Carers

Having someone close to you with a life limiting or terminal illness, or caring for someone who has, can be difficult. See what support we can offer you.


We offer various physical services including physiotherapies, occupational therapies, exercise classes and more.

Psychological & Spiritual

Our team can help patients, their families, friends and carers by providing emotional, psychological and spiritual support.

Welfare & Benefits

We aim to alleviate worries about financial wellbeing through the expert support and guidance of our welfare and benefits advisers.


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