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I am unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week or more

I am Working 16 hours a week or more

I am a lone parent

I have dependent children

I am sick/disabled

I am a Carer

I am a widow/widower

I am a Pensioner

 


 I am unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week

Jobseekers Allowance is paid to people who are unemployed or working part-time who are looking for full-time work. The jobseeker is required to sign on at their local Jobcentre Plus office once a fortnight and receives a National Insurance credit.

There are two parts to Jobseekers Allowance:

Contribution Based is a personal allowance based upon your past National Insurance contributions. It can be paid for up to 26 weeks and is taxable. It is not affected by your savings but may be reduced if you have earnings or private pensions.

Income Based is for people whose income is below levels set by the Government. The amount you receive depends on income, savings and your family circumstances. If you have savings over £16,000 you will not get this benefit. Extra amounts can be paid for certain housing costs and mortgage interest. If you get Income Based Jobseekers Allowance you will normally get maximum Housing and Council Tax Support, health benefits (e.g free prescriptions and eye tests) and other benefits such as free school meals.

For more information about Jobseekers Allowance or to apply online visit www.jobcentreplus.com, call into your local Jobcentre Plus office or ring them on 0800 0556688.

Income Support is for people under the qualifying age for pension credit whose income is below levels set by the Government. It is for people who are unable to work or work less than 16 hours a week (24 hours for your partner).To get Income Support you must be unable to work full-time because you are one of the following:

a lone parent responsible for a child below a specified age

a carer

pregnant and within 11 weeks of your expected date of confinement.

The amount you receive depends on income, savings and your family circumstances. If you have savings over £16,000 you will not get this benefit. Extra amounts can be paid for certain housing costs and mortgage interest.

If you get Income Support you will normally get maximum Housing and Council Tax Support, health benefits (e.g free prescriptions and eye tests) and other benefits such as free school meals.

For more information about Income Support visit www.jobcentreplus.com, call into your local jobcentre plus office or ring them on 0800 0556688.

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I am Working 16 hours a week or more

Working Tax Credit is a payment to top up your earnings if you are on a low income. It is tax free and normally paid by your employer through wages. If you are self-employed you will be paid directly by HM Revenue and Customs. The amount you get depends on taxable income and your personal circumstances. Help is also available towards the cost of childcare, which is paid directly to the main carer.You can get Working Tax Credit if you work 16 hours a week or more and are:

aged 16 or over, single and responsible for a child

aged 16 or over and disabled

aged 60 or over

Work 24 hours a week or more, aged 16 or over, a couple and responsible for a child.

Aged 25 or over and work at least 30 hours a week.

For more information about Working Tax Credit and to make an application visit www.gov.uk or call freephone 0345 300 3900.

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I am a lone parent

Income Support is for people under the qualifying age for pension credit whose income is below levels set by the Government. It is for people who are unable to work or work less than 16 hours a week (24 hours for your partner).

To get Income Support you must be unable to work full-time because you are one of the following:

a lone parent responsible for a child below a specified age

a carer

pregnant and within 11 weeks of your expected date of confinement.

The amount you receive depends on income, savings and your family circumstances. If you have savings over £16,000 you will not get this benefit. Extra amounts can be paid for certain housing costs and mortgage interest.

If you get Income Support you will normally get maximum Housing and Council Tax Support, health benefits (e.g free prescriptions and eye tests) and other benefits such as free school meals.

For more information about Income Support visit www.jobcentreplus.com, call into your local jobcentre plus office or ring them on 0800 0556688.

Child Tax Credit is for people aged 16 or over who are looking after at least one child, or young person in full time education or registered with the careers service or connexions. It can be paid to couples or lone-parents who are in or out of work. It is tax free and paid to the main carer by HM Revenue and Customs.

The amount that you get depends on taxable income and your family circumstances. For more information about Child Tax Credit and to make a claim visit www.gov.uk or call freephone 0345 300 3900.

Working Tax Credit is a payment to top up your earnings if you are on a low income. It is tax free and normally paid by your employer through wages. If you are self-employed you will be paid directly by HM Revenue and Customs. The amount you get depends on taxable income and your personal circumstances. Help is also available towards the cost of childcare, which is paid directly to the main carer.You can get Working Tax Credit if you work 16 hours a week or more and are:

 

aged 16 or over and responsible for a child

aged 16 or over and disabled

aged 60 or over

work 24 hours a week or more, aged 16 or over, a couple and responsible for a child

You can also get Working Tax Credit if you are aged 25 or over and work at least 30 hours a week.

For more information about Working Tax Credit and to make an application visit www.gov.uk or call freephone 0345 300 3900.

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I have dependent children

 

Child Tax Credit is for people aged 16 or over who are looking after at least one child, or young person in full time education or registered with the careers service or connexions. It can be paid to couples or lone-parents who are in or out of work. It is tax free and paid to the main carer by HM Revenue and Customs.

The amount that you get depends on taxable income and your family circumstances. For more information about Child Tax Credit and to make a claim visit www.gov.uk or call freephone 0345 300 3900.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after an eligible child who: • is under 16 • has difficulties walking, and or, • needs more looking after than a child of the same age They must have had these difficulties for at least 3 months and expect them to last for at least 6 months (unless they have a terminal illness). Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children is a tax-free benefit.

You could get between £21.55 and £138.05 a week, depending on the level of help the child needs. The child may need an assessment to work out what help they need. It is made up of 2 components (parts). The child might for one or both components.

Care component The rate the child gets depends on the level of looking after they need eg: • lowest rate - help for some of the day or night • middle rate - frequent help or constant supervision during the day, supervision at night or someone to help while they’re on dialysis • highest rate - Help or supervision throughout both day and night, or they’re terminally ill

Mobility component The rate the child gets depends on the level of help they need walking eg:

• lowest rate - they can walk but need help and or supervision when outdoors

• highest rate - they can’t walk, can only walk a short distance without severe discomfort, could become very ill if they try to walk or they’re blind, severely sight impaired or deaf You might qualify for Carer’s Allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a child who gets the middle or higher rate of DLA.

When your child turns 16 Your child may be affected by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) when they turn 16. This is a new benefit that is replacing DLA for people aged 16 to 64.

For more information about Disability Living Allowance for children visit www.gov.uk or ring The Department for Works and Pensions on 0800 22 88 00.

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I am sick/disabled

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is changing from 10 June 2013. New claims for DLA

You can only make a new claim for DLA if you’re claiming for a child under 16 - this is known as DLA for children.

Anyone over 16 must apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead of DLA.

Existing DLA claimants

PIP is gradually replacing DLA for people aged 16 to 64, even for those with an indefinite or lifetime DLA award.

Disability Living Allowance for adults is a benefit for people under 65 who find it difficult to care for themselves or have problems walking. If you receive Disablity Living Allowance when you become 65 you will continue to receive this benefit. If you are 65 or over and do not receive this benefit you will need to claim Attendance Allowance

DLA is a tax free benefit and is not affected by your income, savings or other benefits. Getting this benefit may mean you receive more Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.

You can get Disability Living Allowance if you have problems or need help with any of the following:

washing and bathing

preparing and cooking a main meal

getting in or out of bed

dressing or undressing

walking outdoors

losing your balance or falling.

You do not need to be receiving help from another person to get this benefit. You must have had these difficulties for at least three months (unless you have a terminal illness).Disability Living Allowance has two parts :

The Care Component is paid at one of three rates if you need help or have problems with personal care. - The lower rate of £21.55 a week- The middle rate of £54.45 a week- The higher rate of £81.30 a week.

The Mobility Component is paid at one of two rates if you have problems or need some-one with you when you walk outdoors.- The lower rate of £21.55 a week- The higher rate of £56.75 a week.

If you get the middle or higher rate of the care component:- it may mean that your carer can claim Carers Allowance.

If you get the higher rate of the mobility component you may get :- a blue badge for your car from Social Services. - exemption from paying road tax from The Disability Benefits Unit, ring 0345 712 3456 for further information.

For more information about Disability Living Allowance visit www.gov.uk or ring The Department for Works and Pensions on 0345 7123456.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children may help with the extra costs of looking after an eligible child who: • is under 16 • has difficulties walking, and or, • needs more looking after than a child of the same age They must have had these difficulties for at least 3 months and expect them to last for at least 6 months (unless they have a terminal illness). Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children is a tax-free benefit.

You could get between £21.55 and £138.05 a week, depending on the level of help the child needs. The child may need an assessment to work out what help they need. It is made up of 2 components (parts). The child might for one or both components.

Care component The rate the child gets depends on the level of looking after they need eg: • lowest rate - help for some of the day or night • middle rate - frequent help or constant supervision during the day, supervision at night or someone to help while they’re on dialysis • highest rate - Help or supervision throughout both day and night, or they’re terminally ill

Mobility component The rate the child gets depends on the level of help they need walking eg: • lowest rate - they can walk but need help and or supervision when outdoors • highest rate - they can’t walk, can only walk a short distance without severe discomfort, could become very ill if they try to walk or they’re blind, severely sight impaired or deaf You might qualify for Carer’s Allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a child who gets the middle or higher rate of DLA.

When your child turns 16 Your child may be affected by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) when they turn 16. This is a new benefit that is replacing DLA for people aged 16 to 64.

 For more information about Disability Living Allowance for children visit www.gov.uk or ring The Department for Works and Pensions on 0345 7123456.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you’re aged 16 to 64. You could get between £21.55 to £138.05 a week to help with the extra costs caused by your condition. How much you get is not based on your condition, but how your condition affects you. You’ll need an assessment to work out the level of help you get. Your award will be regularly reassessed to make sure you’re getting the right support. It’s made up of 2 components (parts). Whether you get 1 or both of these depends on how your condition affects you.

Daily living component

Standard £54.45 per week

Enhanced £81.30 per week

Mobility component

Standard £21.55 per week

Enhanced £56.75 per week

You must have a long-term health condition or disability and have difficulties with activities related to ‘daily living’ and or mobility. You must have had these difficulties for 3 months and expect them to last for at least 9 months. If you’re terminally ill (ie not expected to live more than 6 months), you don’t need to have had these difficulties for 3 months.

Daily living difficulties You may get the daily living component of PIP if you need help with things like: • preparing or eating food • washing, bathing and using the toilet • dressing and undressing • reading and communicating • managing your medicines or treatments • making decisions about money

 Mobility difficulties

You may get the mobility component of PIP if you need help with going out or moving around.

 If you get Disability Living Allowance PIP started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013. Use the PIP checker to find out if and when PIP affects your DLA.

For more information and how to claim go to www.gov.uk

Incapacity Benefit has been replaced by Employment and Support Allowance from 27 October 2008. Existing Incapacity benefit customers will, for the time being, continue to receive their current benefits. In the longer term, everyone will be moved to Employment and Support Allowance.

For more information about Incapacity Benefit visit www.gov.uk, call into your local Jobcentre Plus office or phone them on 0800 055 6688.

Employment and Support Allowance is for people under pension age who are unable to work full-time because of an illness or disability. You can claim it if you are employed but cannot get Statutory Sick Pay from your employer, self employed or unemployed. There are two parts to Employment and Support Allowance Contribution Based is based on the National Insurance contributions you have paid. Savings and income do not normally affect the amount of benefit you can get, however if you receive an occupational pension your award may be reduced.If you have not paid enough contributions you will not receive any benefit but you may still get a National Insurance credit for each full week you are off work. The credits are important as they count towards future benefit claims, including State Pension.

If you are under 20 (or under 25 if you have been in education), and have been ill for at least 28 weeks, you may be able to get Employment and Support Allowance without having paid National Insurance contributions.

Income Related is for people whose income is below levels set by the government. The amount you receive depends upon income, savings and your family circumstances. If you have savings over £16,000 you will not get this benefit. Extra amounts can be paid for certain housing costs and mortgage interest.

If you get Income Related Employment and Support Allowance you will normally get maximum Housing and Council Tax Support, health benefits (e.g free prescriptions and eye tests) and other benefits such as free school meals.

For more information about Employment and Support Allowance visit www.gov.uk , call into your local Jobcentre Plus office or ring them on 0800 0556688.

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is for people who become disabled because of an accident at work or due to certain diseases caused by their job. You do not need to have paid National Insurance contributions to receive this benefit. If the accident or disease was caused by self-employed work you cannot claim.

The amount you receive depends on how badly you were disabled as a result of the industrial injury or disease.

For further information about Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit visit www.gov.uk .

Income Support is for people under the qualifying age for pension credit whose income is below levels set by the Government. It is for people who are unable to work or work less than 16 hours a week (24 hours for your partner).

To get Income Support you must be unable to work full-time because you are one of the following:

a lone parent responsible for a child below a specified age

a carer

pregnant and within 11 weeks of your expected date of confinement.

The amount you receive depends on income, savings and your family circumstances. If you have savings over £16,000 you will not get this benefit. Extra amounts can be paid for certain housing costs and mortgage interest.

If you get Income Support you will normally get maximum Housing and Council Tax Support, health benefits (e.g free prescriptions and eye tests) and other benefits such as free school meals.

For more information about Income Support visit www.gov.uk, call into your local jobcentre plus office or ring them on 0800 0556688.

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people aged 65 or over who find it difficult to care for themselves because of illness or disability. If you are under 65 you should claim Personal Independence Payment.

This is a tax free benefit and is not affected by your income, savings or other benefits. Getting this benefit may mean you receive more Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.

You can get Attendance Allowance if you have difficulty or need help with any of the following:

washing and bathing

eating and drinking

getting in or out of bed

dressing and undressing

losing your balance or falling

You do not need to be receiving help from another person to get this benefit. You must have had these difficulties for at least six months (unless you have a terminal illness).The benefit is paid at one of two rates:- The lower rate of £54.45 a week if you have difficulties during the day or at night.- The higher rate of £81.30 a week if you have difficulty during the day and the night.

If you get Attendance Allowance it may mean that your carer can apply for Carers Allowance.For more information about Attendance Allowance or to make a claim visit www.gov.uk or ring The Department for Works and Pensions on 0345 605 6055.

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I am a Carer

 

Carers Allowance is paid to a person who is unable to work full- time because they are caring for a disabled person. It can also be paid to someone who has retired.To get Carers Allowance you must be:

Aged 16 or over

Earning less than £100 a week after certain deductions e.g. tax and National Insurance contributions

Spending at least 35 a hours a week looking after someone who is getting one of these benefits- Attendance Allowance- Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate of care- Personal Independence Payment at either rate of daily living component- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit- Constant Attendance Allowance- War Pension Constant Attendance Allowance

If you already receive a state benefit or state pension you may not get a payment of Carers Allowance but you will have an underlying entitlement. This may get you extra help with Income Support, Pension Credit and Housing and Council Tax Support. You will normally receive a National Insurance credit if you receive Carers Allowance or have an underlying entitlement.

By claiming Carers Allowance the benefits for the person you look after may be reduced so seek professional advice before you apply.

For more information about Carers Allowance or to make a claim, visit www.gov.uk .

Income Support is for people under the qualifying age for pension credit whose income is below levels set by the Government. It is for people who are unable to work or work less than 16 hours a week (24 hours for your partner).

To get Income Support you must be unable to work full-time because you are one of the following:

a lone parent responsible for a child below a specified age

a carer

pregnant and within 11 weeks of your expected date of confinement.

The amount you receive depends on income, savings and your family circumstances. If you have savings over £16,000 you will not get this benefit. Extra amounts can be paid for certain housing costs and mortgage interest.

If you get Income Support you will normally get maximum Housing and Council Tax Benefit, health benefits (e.g free prescriptions and eye tests) and other benefits such as free school meals.

For more information about Income Support visit www.jobcentreplus.com, call into your local jobcentre plus office or ring them on 0800 0556688.

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I am a widow/widower

Bereavement Benefits are paid to both men and women. They are all based on the National Insurance contributions paid by your late husband or wife unless they died as a result of an industrial accident or prescribed industrial injury.

There are three different bereavement benefits:

Widows Parents Allowance is a taxable weekly benefit for a bereaved parent.

is a taxable weekly benefit for a bereaved parent.

You can get this benefit if :- -you are bringing up at least one child, or -a women expecting your late husband’s baby ; and - under pension age.

 

Bereavement Allowance is a taxable weekly benefit paid for 52 weeks from the date your spouse died. You can get this benefit if :- you were aged 45 or over when your spouse died ; and under pension age.

Bereavement Payment is a one-off, tax free payment that can be paid in addition to Widowed Parents Allowance or Bereavement Allowance.

You can get the payment if you are: - under pension age ; or - over pension age if your late husband or wife did not get a Retirement Pension when they died.

For more information about Bereavement Benefits or to make a claim visit www.gov.uk .

Social Fund Funeral Payment is a payment to help towards the cost of a funeral. The payment depends on the circumstances of the person arranging the funeral not those of the person who has died. The person claiming the payment must be the closest relative of the deceased.

To qualify for a payment you must receive one of the following:- Income Support- Jobseekers Allowance (income-based)- Pension Credit- Housing Benefit- Child Tax Credit at a rate higher than the family element- Working Tax Credit that includes an increase for a disabled worker.- Employment and Support Allowance (income related)For more information about Funeral Payments or to make a claim visit www.gov.uk .

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I am a Pensioner

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people aged 65 or over who find it difficult to care for themselves because of illness or disability. If you are under 65 you should claim Personal Independence Payment.

This is a tax free benefit and is not affected by your income, savings or other benefits. Getting this benefit may mean you receive more Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.

You can get Attendance Allowance if you have difficulty or need help with any of the following:

washing and bathing

eating and drinking

getting in or out of bed

dressing and undressing

losing your balance or falling

You do not need to be receiving help from another person to get this benefit. You must have had these difficulties for at least six months (unless you have a terminal illness).The benefit is paid at one of two rates:- The lower rate of £54.45 a week if you have difficulties during the day or at night.- The higher rate of £81.30 a week if you have difficulty during the day and the night.

If you get Attendance Allowance it may mean that your carer can apply for Carers Allowance.

For more information about Attendance Allowance or to make a claim, visit www.gov.uk or ring The Department for Works and Pensions on 0345 605 6055.

Pension Credit is an entitlement for people who have reached the minimum qualifying age. There are two parts to Pension Credit these are called Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit.

Guarantee Credit provides a guaranteed level of income, for people who have reached the minimum qualifying age, of £148.35 a week for a single person or £226.50 a week for a couple. These amounts may be higher if you or your partner are disabled, a carer, making mortgage payments or certain other housing costs.

Savings Credit
provides a reward for people aged 65 and over, for some of the income and savings you have for your retirement. It is worth up to £16.80 a week for a single person or £20.70 a week for couples.

Savings will affect the amount of Pension Credit awarded but there is no limit to the amount of savings you can have or number of hours you can work. You may qualify for either the Guarantee Credit or Savings Credit or both.

For more information about Pension Credit visit www.pensions.gov.uk or make a claim by phoning 0800 99 1234. Calls are free and a member of staff will complete an application form with you over the phone.

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 Winter Fuel Payment

A Winter Fuel Payment is an annual payment to help older people with their winter heating bills. These payments are usually sent out automatically but some people will need to apply. There is a deadline for claims so applications must be made by the end of March for the previous Winter.

If you would like more information on the Winter Fuel Payment please Click here to visit the Winter Fuel Payment website, or contact the Winter Fuel Payment helpline on 08459 151515.

 


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