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Welfare benefits

If you are looking for extra financial support you can use our online benefits directory to find out information about welfare benefits and if you are eligible. 

You can receive benefits for a number of reasons, including if you:

  • have a long term illness or disability
  • care for someone
  • are unemployed or work part-time
  • are having a baby
  • have a disabled child
  • are over pension age.

Welfare benefits directory

Use our online benefits directory to see what type of benefits you might be able to receive and how to apply for them.  

Most popular benefits

We have detailed information for some of the most popular benefits:

Benefit Who can apply Description
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

Long term ill/disabled bereaved

This scheme replaces the War Pensions scheme for those who have suffered injury, illness or death caused by service on or after 06.04.05

Attendance Allowance Long term ill/ disabled/ stage pension age A non taxable weekly benefit for people over 65 who need looking after because of an illness or disability.
Bereavement Allowance Bereaved An allowance paid for 52 weeks to those who have been widowed or who have list a civil partner.
Bereavement Payment Bereaved A one off payment of £2000 paid to spouses bereaved on or after 09.04.01 and for civil partners bereaved on or after 05.12.05.
Budgeting loan Long-term ill/ disabled/ unemployed and part-time workers An interest free loan for those in receipt of certain benefits.
Carer's Allowance Carers and unemployed/ part-time workers A weekly benefit paid to those who care for someone with an illness or disability
Carer's Credit Carers If you care for someone for at least 20 hours a week
Child Benefit Families or carers This benefit is payable to all parents and carers of children and young people up to the age of 19
Child Tax Credit Unemployed/ part-time workers parents or parents of a disabled child This benefit is payable to parents with a low income
Christmas bonus Long term ill/ disabled/ state pension age A one-off payment of £10 paid automatically to people claiming certain benefits in the qualifying week
Cold Weather Payment Long-term ill/ disabled/ state pension age An extra payment of £25 per week, paid automatically if in receipt of certain benefits
Council Tax support/ reduction schemes Long-term ill/ disabled/ state pension age Local council tax support/ reduction scheme from 1 April 2013.
Disability Living Allowance Long-term ill/ disabled/ have a disabled child A non taxable weekly benefit paid to people from birth to 65 who have attention or supervision needs because they have an illness or disability, or who have difficulty with their mobility
Employment Support Allowance Long-term ill/ disabled An earnings replacement benefit paid because you are unable to work due to illness or disability
Funeral payment Bereaved This is a lump sum payment to cover the cost of a funeral and other expenses
Guardian's Allowance Carers A weekly benefit which you can claim if you care for a child who’s parents have died, are in prison or their whereabouts are unknown
Health benefits Long-term ill/ disabled/ state pension age Various free benefits including sight tests, dental treatments and prescriptions if you receive particular benefits
Health start food and vitamins Pregnant/ recently given birth You can claim for vitamins and vouchers worth £3.10 each to exchange for healthy food at specific places.
Housing benefit Long-term ill/ disabled/ state pension age A benefit paid to help you with the cost of your rent.
Income support Carers/ pregnant women or women who have recently given birth A weekly benefit paid to certain categories of people on a low income
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit Long-term ill/ disabled This is a weekly benefit payable to those who have had an injury at work, or who are ill as a result of their work or work environment
Jobseeker's Allowance Unemployed/ part-time workers You can claim JSA if you are currently unemployed or working under 16 hours per week and are actively able and looking for work
Maternity Allowance Pregnant women or those who have recently given birth You may receive this if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby and you are not entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay
Motability Scheme Long-term ill/ disabled A Government funded scheme which allows you to exchange your higher rate Mobility payment from Disability Living Allowance or your enhanced rate Mobility payment from Personal Independence Payment for a car
Pension Credit Stage pension age A weekly benefit called Guarantee Credit is paid to those over Pension age to guarantee they have income of an appropriate level
Personal Indepedence Payment Long-term ill/ disabled Personal Independence Payment has started to replace Disability Living Allowance for people of working age with a health condition or disability
Road Tax Exemption Long-term ill/ disabled If you are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance at the Higher rate of the Mobility component you are entitled to exemption on your Road Tax
Short term advance

All

Short term advances of your benefits are available to claimants of any contributory or income-related benefit

Sixteen to Nineteen Bursary Long-term ill/ disabled You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you're aged 16 to 19
State Retirement Pension State pension age Your State Retirement Pension is based on the National Insurance Contributions you have paid throughout your life
Statutory Adoption Pay Families A payment made by your employer whilst you are on leave after adopting a baby or child
Statutory Maternity Pay Pregnant women or those who have recently given birth A payment made by your employer whilst you are on leave before and after having a baby
Statutory Paternity Pay Families A payment made by your employer if your partner has recently given birth to or adopted a baby
Statutory Sick Pay Long-term ill/ disabled A payment made by your employer whilst you are unable to work due to ill health
Sure Start Maternity Grant Pregnant women or those who have recently given birth You may be entitled to a payment of £500 if you are expecting a baby or have recently given birth
Universal Credit Long-term ill/ disabled/ unemployed and part-time workers A new benefit that will start to replace Income Support, Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income based Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Working and Child Tax Credit for working age people from 2016
War Pension Scheme Long-term ill/ disabled/ bereaved The scheme remains in place for those with existing awards on 06.04.05
Widowed Parents Allowance Bereaved A benefit paid to Widow’s, Widower’s or surviving civil partner who are under pension age and who are pregnant or are receiving Child Benefit
Winter Fuel Payment Stage pension age You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 July 1952
Working Tax Credit Long-term ill/ disabled/ unemployed and part-time works This is a benefit paid to those who are working and on a low income

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