Living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - IBD) can be expensive. You might worry about being too sick to work, or facing extra costs like prescriptions and increased household bills.

It can be overwhelming, but there are lots of potential sources of support for you. We’ve written this information sheet together with benefits professionals and people with Crohn’s and Colitis to help you make the most of your finances. It details what assistance could be available, including benefits, grants, and help with health, housing and transport costs.

We’ve prepared this as general information, so if you’re looking for advice specific to your circumstances, contact your local Citizens Advice:

• England and Wales:

• Scotland:

• Northern Ireland:

Statutory sick pay
Early retirement
Disability and sickness benefits
Welfare benefits
Help with housing and bills
Help with cost
Help with transport
Further help
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
Other organisations
How we write our information

Last reviewed: May 2019