You may be eligible for attendance allowance if you are over 65 and need help with day-to-day living because of a physical or mental illness or disability. This is a non-means tested benefit.
If your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017, you might be able to claim bereavement support payment.
This is money to help full-time carers aged 16 or over who do not earn more than £139 per week after tax from another job or who are not in full-time education. It may affect your other benefits and/or benefits of the person you look after so always get advice before you claim. Read more here.
Child benefit can be paid to any person who is bringing up children. You get a set amount for each child. If you, or your partner, have an individual income of more than £50,000 per year you might have to pay a tax charge. To read more visit Money Advice Service.
Council Tax Reduction
The Council Tax Reduction scheme is run by your local council. The scheme helps people on low incomes and/or certain benefits by reducing their council tax bill. Some councils call it ‘council tax support’.
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
ESA is a benefit paid to people who have a limited capability to work because of sickness or disability. You can apply whether you’re in or out of work. Most claims for ESA are for ‘New Style’ ESA. To find out more and how to apply, click here.
Help with heating costs
There are a number of ways you can get help with heating costs during the cold winter months – especially if you are elderly, disabled or on a low income. Click here for more details.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
PIP is a benefit for people who have a physical / mental disability and need help participating in everyday life or find it difficult to get around. It replaces Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for new claims for people aged 16 to 64. Any one already receiving DLA will gradually be asked to make a new claim for PIP.
To qualify claimants need to have a medical assessment. There are two parts to the assessment – one looks at your need for day-to-day care and the other at your mobility needs. These are assessed separately and are referred to as the ‘daily living component’ and the ‘mobility component’ of PIP. Each component has two rates – the standard rate and the enhanced rate.
To find out more, click here.
Universal Credit (UC) supports people out of work or on a low income. UC has replaced many other benefits – including housing benefit, income support and income based jobseeker’s allowance.