How Do We Do What We Do?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is no respecter of Local Authority boundaries, so the over-arching goal is for SAMS to provide support and advocacy services to anyone across London and North Surrey, who is affected by MS.
SAMS can assist anyone in these areas to complete applications for Disability Benefits, from the initial contact with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), or the Local Authority through the final award decision.
SAMS aims to maximise financial income in order to make life easier for MS sufferers. To date, assistance and support has been given with the following Benefits:
- Attendance Allowance (AA)
- Blue Badge Application
- Carer's Allowance
- Council Tax Benefit
- Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Housing Benefit
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Universal Credit
In addition, help and advice has been given with social care assessments and support plans.
People needing help can reach SAMS either by self-referral, or by being directed by officers of an MS group - or signposted by health and social care professionals, such as MS Nurses of Integrated Neurological Services.