Benefits Service

Autism Berkshire’s Benefits Advice Service is available free of charge to people living with autism, whether or not they are members of Autism Berkshire.

Kevin Jackson, our highly-qualified Benefits Adviser, has many years of experience working in the fields of autism and benefits/access to work.

He can help parents and carers of children with autism spectrum conditions, and adults living with autism, to understand eligibility for benefits and assist with completing application forms for benefits including:

  • Employment & Support Allowance
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit

He is also able to assist with appeals against decisions made under the Department for Work and Pensions assessment process.

Kevin is available for one-to-one appointments all day on Monday. Evening appointments are also available, but these are subject to a £25 charge.

For more information about the service and to book appointments, call Kevin Jackson or Autism Berkshire’s office administrator, Claire Finnerty, on 01189 594 594 or email

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Disability Living Allowance Workshops

These sessions are for parents and carers of children aged 16 or under with an autism spectrum condition. They explain what DLA is and how to claim it, with advice on how to complete the application form and what to do if you are turned down.

The half-day workshops, which are free of charge, are held in our office at Unit 7, Richfield Place, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ. Parking is available on the opposite side of Richfield Avenue at the Rivermead Leisure Complex.

Places must be booked in advance. Anyone attending should bring along their DLA application form and their child’s statement of an autism spectrum condition diagnosis.

For more information and to register for places at workshops, call 01189 594 594 or email

These workshops are provided with the support of Reading Borough Council’s New Directions learning and employment service.

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