Benefits are paid by the government to people who are unable to work or have a low income.
Claiming benefits can provide extra money for essential living costs such as food, clothing and housing.
Benefits are usually available if:
- You’re out of work, you may be able to claim job seekers allowance
- You’ve got children, you can claim child benefit, and may be able to claim child tax credits
- You have a low income, you may be able to claim working tax credits
- You’re ill or disabled, you may be able to claim employment and support allowance or disability living allowance
- From April 2013 significant benefit changes will be introduced to the current system. This may affect what you’re entitled to.
If you’re struggling financially it’s important to make sure you’re getting all the income you’re entitled to. The extra money you could claim from benefits can make a big difference to your situation. If you think you might be entitled to claim a benefit you should apply for it.
If you’d like to find out if you’re entitled to any extra benefits you can use our completely free benefits checker.
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