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Benefits directory

Our benefits directory lists most of the common benefits available to you.

Each entry has details of:

  • what the benefit covers
  • who it is aimed at
  • how you qualify
  • how to apply
  • where to get further information.

Click on the name of the benefit for more information.

Most popular benefits

Benefit nameDescriptionWho is the benefit aimed at?
Armed Forces Compensation schemeThis scheme replaces the War Pensions scheme for those who have suffered an injury, illness or death caused by service on or after 06.04.05. If a injury, illness or death caused by service occurred before 06.04.05 please see the War Pensions Scheme information.    Long-term ill / disabled, Bereaved
Attendance AllowanceA non taxable weekly benefit paid to people who are 65 or over who have attention and supervision needs due to an illness or disability. Long-term ill / disabled
Bereavement AllowanceAn allowance paid for 52 weeks to those who have been widowed or who have lost a Civil Partner. You must be 45 or over but under Pension Age to qualify.Bereaved
Bereavement PaymentA one off payment of £2000 paid to those who have been widowed or who have lost a civil partner. Bereaved
Budgeting loanAn interest free loan for those in receipt of particular benefits and intended to meet household expenses that it would otherwise be difficult to budget for. You must re-pay the money through weekly deductions from your benefit payments. Long-term ill / disabled, State pension age, Unemployed / part time workers
Carer's Allowance A weekly benefit paid to those who care for someone with an illness or disability. Carers, Unemployed / part time workers
Child BenefitThis is a benefit payable to all parents and carers of children and young people up to the age of 19. Carers, Families
Child Tax CreditThis is a benefit payable to people with children, who have a low income. Unemployed / part time workers, Have a disabled child, Families
Child Trust FundIt is no longer possible to qualify for a Child Trust Fund. If your child has a Child Trust Fund it will continue but you will no longer receive contributions to it from the Government. If your child was entitled to a Trust Fund you should have been sent a voucher when you claimed Child...Families
Christmas BonusAn extra payment of £10 paid automatically (you do not have to apply) just before Christmas, to people in receipt of certain benefits (see below). Long-term ill / disabled, State pension age, Carers, Bereaved
Cold Weather PaymentAn extra payment of £25 per week, paid automatically if in receipt of certain benefits (you do not have to apply) for every week in which the average temperature is equal to or below 0 degrees Celsius. Long-term ill / disabled, State pension age, Carers, Unemployed / part time workers, Families
Community Care Grant These grants are no longer available. They were a Social Fund grant payable for items such as furniture, equipment, clothing and certain expenses, which did not have to be paid back. See the Nottinghamshire County Councils Emergency advice service pages for agencies who may be able to...Long-term ill / disabled, State pension age, Carers, Unemployed / part time workers, Families
Council Tax BenefitThis benefit is coming to an end. This was a benefit paid to help you with the costs of paying your Council Tax. From 1st April 2013 this benefit will be replaced by local Council Tax Support Schemes. Long-term ill / disabled, State pension age, Unemployed / part time workers, Families
Council Tax Support/Reduction SchemesEach City, Borough or District Council has been allocated its own budget to provide a local Council Tax Support/Reduction scheme from 1st April 2013. These schemes are to replace Council Tax Benefit to help you with your Council Tax. Long-term ill / disabled, State pension age, Unemployed / part time workers, Families
Crisis Loans This loan is no longer available. If you require emergency support, please go to the County Council Emergency Advice Pages for advice and information. Long-term ill / disabled, State pension age, Carers, Pregnant / recently given birth, Bereaved, Have a disabled child, Families
Disability Living AllowanceA 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. If you claim before the age of 65 your claim can continue after this age.   Long-term ill / disabled, Have a disabled child
Education Benefits Transport  – Please see our School Travel and Passes page for further information. Free school meals  – You may qualify for free meals and milk for your child if they attend school full time and you receive Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit only) Income Support,...Families
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)It is no longer possible to make a claim for EMA although some people with existing claims may still be eligible. EMA has been replaced with the Sixteen to Nineteen Bursary.Families
Employment Support AllowanceAn earnings replacement benefit paid because you are unable to work due to illness or disability. You will be medically assessed as part of the claim process and then put into one of two groups depending on the severity of your health needs. Long-term ill / disabled
Funeral PaymentThis is a lump sum payment to cover the costs of a funeral and other expenses. Bereaved
Guardian's AllowanceA 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. It does not matter what other income, benefits or savings you have although you must be entitled to Child Benefit for the child you are claiming for. Carers
Health BenefitsYou will be eligible for free Sight Tests, Dental Treatment, Hospital Fares and Prescriptions for yourself and your family, if you are in receipt of particular benefits. Long-term ill / disabled, State pension age, Unemployed / part time workers, Families
Health in Pregnancy GrantIt is no longer possible to claim a Health in Pregnancy Grant. To qualify you must have reached the 25th week of your pregnancy before 01 January 2011.Pregnant / recently given birth
Healthy Start Food and VitaminsYou can claim for vitamins and vouchers worth £3.10 each to exchange for healthy food at specific places. Pregnant / recently given birth
Housing BenefitA benefit paid to help you with the costs of your rent. You must be liable for the rent for your property. If your rent is too high or the property is too big for your household then Housing Benefit may not cover all of your rent. Long-term ill / disabled, State pension age, Unemployed / part time workers, Families
Incapacity BenefitAn earnings replacement benefit paid because you are unable to work due to illness or disability. Except in a few limited circumstances it is no longer possible to make a new claim for Incapacity Benefit. Instead you need to make a claim for Employment and Support Allowance. Long-term ill / disabled
Income SupportA weekly benefit paid to certain categories of people on a low income who don't have to sign on as unemployed. It can also be paid as a top up of other benefits. You can get help with your mortgage and some other housing costs as part of your Income Support. Long-term ill / disabled, Carers, Pregnant / recently given birth
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit 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. You must have a medical assessment as part of the claim process and the amount of money you receive will depend on the severity of your condition. IIDB includes...Long-term ill / disabled
Jobseeker's AllowanceYou can claim JSA if you are currently unemployed or working under 16 hours per week and are actively able and looking for work. If you are part of a couple you can make a joint claim for JSA.Unemployed / part time workers
Local Housing AllowanceThis is a way of calculating Housing Benefit entitlement for private tenants. It does not apply to Local Authority or Housing Association tenants. You will be awarded a set amount of Housing Benefit according to the area you live in and the size of your household. If the property you choose has a...Long-term ill / disabled, State pension age, Carers, Unemployed / part time workers, Have a disabled child, Families
Maternity AllowanceYou may receive this if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby and you are not entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay. You must satisfy the employment rules, but you do not have to have paid National Insurance Contributions.Pregnant / recently given birth
Minimum WageThe minimum amount of money most workers should receive per hour for remunerative work  The current rates are – Aged 16 - 17             -          ...Unemployed / part time workers, Families
Motability SchemeA Government funded scheme which allows you to exchange your Higher Rate Mobility payment from Disability Living Allowance for a car. Long-term ill / disabled
Nottinghamshire Welfare Assistance Fund (NWAF) This service is no longer available.   Long-term ill / disabled
Pension CreditA weekly benefit called Guarantee Credit is paid to those over Pension age to guarantee they have income of an appropriate level. It can be paid as a top up of your Retirement Pension. You may receive an additional amount called Savings Credit once you turn 65.   You can get help with...State pension age
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)Personal Independence Payment (PIP) started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people of working age (16 – 64) with a health condition or disability from 8 April 2013. Long-term ill / disabled
Road Tax ExemptionIf 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. If you do not drive, but someone else has a vehicle which is primarily for your use, such as your partner, parent or carer, they can claim the exemption.Long-term ill / disabled
Severe Disablement AllowanceAn earnings replacement benefit paid because you are unable to work due to illness or disability. It is no longer possible to make a claim for Severe Disablement Allowance, instead you need to make a claim for Employment and Support Allowance. If you are already in receipt of Severe Disablement...Long-term ill / disabled
Short term advance"short term advances" of benefit are available to claimants of any contributory or income-related benefit. This would include benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit and Universal Credit.   Long-term ill / disabled, State pension age, Carers, Unemployed / part time workers, Pregnant / recently given birth, Families
Sixteen to Nineteen BursaryThe 16-19 Bursary has replaced EMA since September 2011 and is intended to support young people whilst they are studying. It is made up of two parts. You will be automatically entitled if you are a Young Person in or leaving care, or you are receiving Income Support or you are receiving both...Long-term ill / disabled, Have a disabled child, Families
State Retirement PensionYour State Retirement Pension is based on the National Insurance Contributions you have paid throughout your life. It is payable once you reach the State Pension Age. If you have not worked or not paid enough National Insurance Contributions you can claim a State Retirement Pension based on your...State pension age
Statutory Adoption PayA payment made by your employer whilst you are on leave after adopting a baby or child. It can be paid for a maximum of 39 weeks. Families
Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)A payment made by your employer whilst you are on leave before and after having a baby. It can be paid for a maximum of 39 weeks.    Pregnant / recently given birth
Statutory Paternity PayA payment made by your employer if your partner has recently given birth to or adopted a baby. It is normally paid for 1 or 2 weeks, although you can also receive additional SPP for up to 20 weeks. You must satisfy the earnings and employment criteria in order to qualify. You may be entitled to an...Pregnant / recently given birth, Families
Statutory Sick PayA payment made by your employer whilst you are unable to work due to ill health. You must provide sick notes from your GP to your employer in order for your employer to pay you. SSP can be paid for up to 28 weeks, after which time you may be able to claim Employment and Support Allowance. You may...Long-term ill / disabled
Sure Start Maternity GrantYou may be entitled to a payment of £500 if you are expecting a baby or have recently given birth. You must be in receipt of certain benefits to claim this. You can normally only receive a grant for your first child.   Pregnant / recently given birth
Universal CreditA 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. We will be adding more information about this during 2014.Long-term ill / disabled, Unemployed / part time workers, Families
War Pensions SchemeThe scheme remains in place for those with existing awards on 06.04.05 and for any new claimants whose injury, ill health or bereavement was caused by service before 06.04.05. The Armed Forces Compensation scheme replaces the War Pensions scheme for injuries, illnesses or death caused by...Long-term ill / disabled, Bereaved
Widowed Parents AllowanceA 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. Pregnant / recently given birth, Bereaved, Families
Winter Fuel PaymentThis is a payment to help with the costs of heating during the winter. State pension age
Working Tax CreditThis is a benefit paid to those who are working and on a low income. Long-term ill / disabled, Unemployed / part time workers, Have a disabled child, Families
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