You may be eligible for the following benefits and allowances.
Housing benefit and Council Tax benefit
You may be entitled to help with your rent and council tax from the local authority. This depends on your income and savings.
If your income is below the minimum level set by the government you may be entitled to a Pension Credit Guarantee Credit. If you are entitled to this payment, you will automatically have entitlement to Housing and Council Tax Benefit.
You may also be entitled to some Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, if you are receiving Attendance Allowance or are caring for someone who is, even if your income is above the minimum level.
You may be eligible for this allowance if you are 65 or over and have any health problems that affect you significantly in your everyday life.
Disability living allowance
You may be eligible for this allowance if you are aged less than 65 and have any health problems or mobility difficulties that affect you significantly in your everyday life.
Ensure you are receiving your full benefit entitlements by:
- using our benefits calculator to see what benefits you could be entitled to
- visiting the benefit information centre at your court
- speaking to one of our financial well-being managers who provide financial checks and benefit advice
- talking to your court managers who are trained to give benefit advice.
For more information download our welfare benefits leaflet.
Our leaflet 'Benefit changes, are you ready?’ on the changes the government is introducing to the benefit system as part of the Welfare Reform Act, starting in April 2013.
The leaflet outlines:
- what the changes are
- when they will be happening
- how people will be affected.