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.
For example, if:
- You’re out of work you may be able to claim Jobseeker's 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 Personal Independence Payment (formerly Disability Living Allowance)
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.
To find out if you’re entitled to any extra benefits use our free benefits checker.