Benefits Service

Autism Berkshire’s Benefits Advice Service is available to people living with autism in the county, 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 autistic adults and parents and carers of children with autism spectrum conditions.

Support is also available to people with related conditions including severe dyslexia, dyspraxia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Kevin can help people to understand eligibility and assist with completing application forms for benefits, including:

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

He is also able to assist with appeals against decisions made under the Department for Work and Pensions assessment process and to represent people at benefit assessment hearings and appeal tribunals.

We are looking for more funding to support these services but at present we have to charge fees.

Kevin is available for one-to-one appointments booked in advance at our office in Reading on Mondays and at the YES Shop at the Queensmere Observatory shopping centre in Slough on Wednesdays.

  • Please note that appointments in Slough are only available to residents of the Borough of Slough, as part of the SPACE project, led by Slough Council for Voluntary Services.

These appointments are available at a charge of £10 but this fee will be refunded once someone has attended the appointment. We are asking for this £10 deposit payment due to a number of recent cases where people have not attended a free appointment they had booked, when someone else could have been helped instead.

Evening appointments are also available at our office in Reading, but are subject to a £40 non-refundable charge.

Representing people at benefit assessment hearings and appeal tribunals is subject to a £40 non-refundable charge

Advice and representation on benefit claims for severe dyslexia, dyspraxia, OCD and ADHD is subject to a £60 non-refundable charge.

For more information about the Benefits Service and to book an appointment with Kevin Jackson, call us on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Click here to download our Benefits Service leaflet.