Your award of Working Tax Credit could be increased if you or your partner is entitled to the disability element. Being at a disadvantage in getting a job is one of the conditions for qualifying for the disability element.
You count as being at a disadvantage in getting a job if one of the following is true:
You have to hold onto something to keep your balance standing up.
You cannot walk 100 metres on level ground without stopping; even with the walking aids you normally use (e.g. walking stick, frame, crutches)
Walking 100 metres on level ground causes you severe pain, even with the walking aids you normally use.
You cannot use either hand behind your back to put on a jacket or tuck in your shirt.
It is difficult for you to hold either of your arms in front of you to shake hands with someone.
It is difficult for you to put your hand up to your head to put on a hat.
You cannot use one hand pick up a coin that is less than 2.5 centimetres across (for example: a ten pence piece).
It is difficult for you to use your hands or arms to pick up a full 1 litre jug and pour from it into a cup.
You cannot turn either of your hands sideways through 180 degrees (so the palm faces the opposite direction).
You have been certified as severely sight impaired or blind by a consultant ophthalmologist.
You cannot see to read 16 point print that is 20 centimetres away, even when you are wearing the glasses you normally use.
You cannot hear a telephone ring when you are in the same room as the telephone, even if you are using the hearing aid that you normally use.
It is difficult for you to hear what someone is saying in a loud voice, when they are 2 metres away in a quiet room, even if you are using the hearing aid that you normally use.
It is difficult for people who know you to understand what you say.
It is difficult for you to understand what someone says to you, even when you know that person well.
You are in a coma or lose consciousness in a fit during the daytime at least once a year.
You have a mental illness and you regularly receive treatment under the supervision of a medically qualified person, for example: you regularly attend sessions with a psychiatrist or a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN).
You are often confused or forgetful because you have a mental disability.
You cannot do simple maths (adding and taking away).
Your mental disability means you sometimes hit people or damage property.
Your mental disability means you find it very difficult to make friends.
You cannot normally work for 8 hours a day because of your medical condition or severe pain.
You cannot normally work for five days per week because of your medical condition or severe pain.
As a result of an illness or accident you are undergoing a period of habilitation or rehabilitation.