Questions we get asked the mostAre there any benefits I can apply for?I have a health condition. Can I claim anything?I’m selling my home. Will this affect my benefits?
Lots of people miss out on extra money they could be getting each week. It’s well worth checking what you’re entitled to. There are different ways to do this and steps you can take to improve your chances of success. You can also call our free Helpline to find out what you could claim and for help to apply for benefits.
You could be missing out on extra money. Use our benefits calculator to work out exactly what you can claim and get a personalised report. Even if you think you're getting everything you're entitled to, it's worth checking. Just enter your details and our calculator will tell you what you could get based on the information you provide.
Attendance Allowance is extra money you can claim if you’re over State Pension age and need regular help with your personal care. It’s not means-tested, so you can claim it whatever your income or savings.
Pension Credit can top up your low income if you've reached State Pension age. Lots of people who qualify for it haven’t claimed it yet, so it’s worth checking if you can get it.
Carer’s Allowance is a benefit to top up the income of carers. If you spend time looking after a partner, relative or friend who has an illness or disability, you may be able to claim it.
If you’re under State Pension age and have a long-term health condition or a disability, you could get extra money to help with additional costs.
Universal Credit will only affect you if you or your partner is below State Pension age. There are also other benefits you may be able to claim if you're on a low income and do not qualify for Universal Credit.
There’s a variety of help with health costs available for over-60s. Some of it depends on your income and savings, and some of it is available to everyone.
Fuel bills can be a worry in winter, but it’s important for your health that your home stays warm. Find out if you’re eligible for extra money to help with the cost of heating your home when the weather gets colder.
If you're on a low income and finding it difficult to pay your rent or your mortgage, you may be able to get support.
Council Tax Support can help you if you’re on a low income and responsible for paying the Council Tax on your home. There may be other ways you can reduce your bill too.
If you are under State Pension Age, there may be a limit on the total amount of benefits your household can receive. If your income goes above this amount, your working-age Housing Benefit or Universal Credit is reduced until it drops below the limit again. This is called a benefit cap.
If you’re on a low income, unexpected expenses can be hard to afford. You may be able to get help with them through grants, loans, or other types of support.
If you're going into an NHS hospital or a care home, your benefits may be affected. You must tell the relevant benefit office about any changes in your circumstances.
If you’re moving abroad, permanently or temporarily, or you’re returning to the UK, you’ll need to check how this affects any benefits you’re claiming. Whether you’ll still qualify for benefits will depend on where you’re going and for how long you’re staying, or where you’re returning from.
When you’ve got very little money coming in, it can be difficult to budget for unexpected expenses. If you’re finding it hard to manage, you may be able to get extra help from charities and other organisations.
Many older people miss out on the benefits they're entitled to. Tick the boxes that apply to you to see if there are benefits you could claim.