Welfare rights and benefits

The welfare benefits system can be complicated.  If you are finding it hard to make ends meet there may be benefits that would help you.  There are many benefits that are available to working people, including self-employed people.

The easiest way to find out whether you might be eligible for help is to use the Benefits Checker devised by our partners at Turn2Us.

This can help you assess your entitlements if you are:

  • Unemployed and looking for work
  • Ill or have disabilities
  • In work and on a low income
  • Caring for someone
  • Bringing up children
  • Retired

Help can be available for

  • Basic living costs
  • Looking for work
  • Housing costs
  • Expecting or bringing up a child
  • Illness injury or disability
  • Costs in older age, including support and domestic help, as well as fuel costs
  • Bereavement
  • Emergency needs

Special rules and particular benefits apply to some groups including

  • Young people under 25
  • People aged 60 or over
  • People with disabilities or long-term illnesses
  • Carers
  • Migrants
  • People leaving the armed forces
  • People leaving prison

More detailed online advice is available on the Turn2Us website.

If you want help in person there are Citizens Advice Bureaux in most towns and cities.  You can find your nearest one by going to this page and entering your postcode on “Search for your local CAB”.

Citizens Advice also has huge amounts of information online, including printable fact sheets on benefits. 

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