What are passported benefits?

Passported benefits are benefits that, once you have them, automatically allow you to collect other benefits.

Which benefits are passported benefits?

Benefits and tax credits which can passport you to other benefits or schemes include:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee credit)
  • Child Tax Credit

Even if you receive a very small amount of one of the above, you will be entitled to full Housing Benefit based on your eligible rent (less any relevant non-dependent deductions or over payment recovery). (Please note that if you rent from a private landlord, local housing allowance rules usually apply and full entitlement to housing benefit is limited to the weekly or monthly amount set by your local authority)

As well as Housing Benefit, if you receive a passported benefit you may also be entitled to:

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This page was last updated on: June 3, 2017

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