Help with benefits
Working out what benefits or tax credits you might be entitled to can feel like a battle. Having the right information and support can make a huge difference.
Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more, you may be eligible.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
This is a benefit for people aged between 16 and 64 years old and who have a long term illness or disability.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a state benefit that helps with the extra costs of long-term illness or disability, which can be either physical and/or mental.
Attendance Allowance is a state benefit that helps with the extra costs of long-term illness or disability, which can be either physical and/or mental. It is for people aged 65 and over.
Other working age benefits
You may be entitled to other benefits if you are a carer in paid work, looking for work or unable to work due to caring responsibilities or your own health or disability.
Other pension age benefits
If you receive State Pension you are not eligible for Carer's Allowance but you may be able to claim some extra money because of your caring role.
This is a new rule that will gradually introduce a limit to the total amount of benefit that can be paid to a non-working household.
If you are on a low income and living in rented accommodation, Housing Benefit can help with your rent.
The Government has changed the way in which it provides support to people who need help with their rent through Housing Benefit. One of these changes is called the Housing Benefit Size Criteria Rules, commonly referred to as the ‘bedroom tax'.
Challenging a benefit decision
From October 2013 there have been new rules in place for challenging a benefit decision made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)