Benefits Advice

We understand that the benefits system can be difficult to get your head around. Below are some websites which should be able to help you understand them better.

Age UK have a comprehensive list of all the benefits available in the UK. Here you could find information about each benefit.

Mental Health & Money Advice is an online advice service designed to help you understand, manage and improve your mental health and money issues.

Turn2Us provide a benefits calculator – the best way to figure out what you’re entitled to. The calculator won’t work if you’re under 18 or:

  • a student
  • not a British or Irish citizen
  • on strike
  • living outside the UK
  • living permanently in residential care or a nursing home
  • a prisoner

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help with living costs if you are on a low income or currently out of work. It is replacing the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

If you are looking to make a new claim for benefits, and you would have normally applied for one of the above, you will be asked to apply for Universal Credit. These are now known as legacy benefits. If you are currently on those benefits you don’t have to do anything, you will gradually be transferred over onto UC.

To check if you are in a full service area for Universal Credit, click here.

To find out more about Universal Credit visit

For other useful resources, click here

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