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.

Watch our short video which shows how people in different situations can be entitled to benefits:

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:

Below is an A to Z list of all available benefits. You can also search for the benefit you are looking for by name.

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 state pension age who need looking after because of an illness or disability.

Bereavement Support Payment

Husband/wife/civil partner of the deceased

An ongoing payment made to those who's husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017.

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 age 20

Child Tax Credit

Unemployed/ part-time workers parents or parents of a disabled child

Child Tax Credit has been replaced by Universal Credit for most people. See our Universal Credit page for more information.

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 state pension age who have attention or supervision needs because they have an illness or disability, or who have difficulty with their mobility

New Style Employment and Support Allowance

You can claim JSA if you have paid enough national insurance credits and are currently unemployed or working under 16 hours per week and are actively able and looking for work.

An earnings replacement benefit paid if you have enough national insurance contributions and 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 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 people on a low income. Universal credit has replaced Income Support for most people. See our Universal Credit page for more information.

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

New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance

Unemployed/ part-time workers

You can claim JSA if you have paid enough national insurance credits and 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 is a benefit for people of working age, who have a long term health condition or disability.

Road Tax Exemption

Long-term ill/ disabled

If you are in receipt of high rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance or enhanced rate mobility on Personal Independent payment 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
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 has been replaced by Universal Credit for most people. See our Universal Credit page for more information.