Benefits

The benefits system is designed to make sure that there is a minimum standard of living for everyone and My Advice Gateway provides information on how benefits are claimed and paid. 

Details of planned changes to the benefit system can be found at here.

An A-Z of the Benefits System is available from GOV.UK and further information is available at CitizensAdvice, Turn2us, AgeUK and MoneyHelper

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Benefits categories

  • All
  • Benefits
  • Bereavement
  • Family and Children
  • Pensions
  • Sick or disabled
  • Uncategorized
All
  • All
  • Benefits
  • Bereavement
  • Family and Children
  • Pensions
  • Sick or disabled
  • Uncategorized
Pensions

STATE PENSION

The State Pension gives you a regular income for the rest of your life. You can claim it when you reach State Pension age. However, you need to have paid enough National Insurance contributions in order to be paid the full State Pension.

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Family and Children

CHILD BENEFIT

Child Benefit is a tax-free payment that is paid to most people with children. You are eligible if your child is under 16, or a young person under 20 if they are still in full-time education up to A Level equivalent or on certain approved training courses.

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Bereavement

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PAYMENT

If your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6 April 2017 you may be eligible for Bereavement Support Payment which has replaced Bereavement Allowance, Widowed Parents Allowance and Bereavement Payment.

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Sick or disabled

STATUTORY SICK PAY

Statutory Sick Pay is money paid to you by your employer if you are sick and unable to work.

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Family and Children

CHILD TAX CREDIT

Child Tax Credit is a payment for people with children to help with the cost of looking after them and you can receive the payment whether or not you are in work. The amount you receive will depend on your circumstances and income.

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Bereavement

BEREAVEMENT PAYMENT

Bereavement Payment is no longer available.

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Uncategorized

ROADMAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN

On February 22nd the Prime Minister announced the government’s four-step roadmap offering a route back to a more normal life. The success of the vaccination programme together with the positive effect of the National lockdown means it will be possible to begin relaxing the current strict movement controls.

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Sick or disabled

EMPLOYMENT & SUPPORT ALLOWANCE

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is a benefit for people who have illnesses or disabilities that make it hard for them to work

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Pensions

ADDITIONAL STATE PENSION (SECOND STATE PENSION)

The Additional State Pension is paid on top of the basic State Pension and is based on earnings. Known as State Second Pension (S2P) it was originally known as the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme (SERPS).

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Bereavement

WIDOWED PARENT’S ALLOWANCE

You may be eligible for Widowed Parent’s Allowance if your husband, wife or civil partner has died before 6 April 2017.

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Sick or disabled

INCAPACITY BENEFIT

Incapacity Benefit has been abolished and you cannot normally make a new claim. If you cannot work because you are sick or disabled then you should claim Employment and Support Allowance instead.

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Pensions

PENSION CREDIT

There are two different types of Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit. You may be eligible to receive one or both of them depending on your individual circumstances. You may receive more if you are disabled, have caring responsibilities or certain housing costs, such as mortgage interest payments.

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Family and Children

HEALTH IN PREGNANCY GRANT

The Health in Pregnancy Grant is no longer available. The government stopped this grant from January 1, 2011.

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Bereavement

BEREAVEMENT ALLOWANCE

You may be eligible for Bereavement Allowance if your husband, wife or civil partner has died before 6 April 2017 and you are over 45, below state pension age and you do not have dependent children.

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Sick or disabled

DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE (FOR CHILDREN)

Disability Living Allowance is money for those people who have personal care needs or difficulty with walking. DLA is gradually being replaced by Personal Independent Payment and you can only make a new claim for DLA if you’re claiming for a child under 16.

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Pensions

WINTER FUEL PAYMENT

If you were born before July 5, 1951, then you may qualify for the tax-free Winter Fuel Payment to help pay for your heating. You only need to claim once. After that you will automatically receive Winter Fuel Payment each year.

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Family and Children

STATUTORY MATERNITY PAY & LEAVE

If you are having a baby, you are entitled to a year of Statutory Maternity Leave – no matter how long you’ve been in your job plus you may be eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay.

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Bereavement

FUNERAL PAYMENTS

If you are on a low income and need help paying for a funeral you’re arranging, you may be able to get a Funeral Payment to help with the costs.

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Sick or disabled

PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance for people aged 16 or over, but under state pension age who have extra care needs or mobility needs (difficulty getting around) as a result of a disability.

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Pensions

TELEVISION LICENCE CONCESSIONS

In August 2020, the BBC introduced a new scheme that offers some over 75 households a free TV Licence.

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