Questions we get asked the mostAre there any benefits I can apply for?I have a health condition. Can I claim anything?I look after someone. Can I claim any benefits?I’m selling my home. Will this affect my benefits?
A lot of people miss out on extra money they could be getting each week. It is well worth checking whether you might be entitled to more than you claim at the moment. There are a number of ways you can do this, and there are steps you can take to improve your chances of success. For more help you can also call our free Helpline on freephone 0800 319 6789.
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 is non-means tested, so you can claim it whatever your income or savings.
Pension Credit can top up your low income if you've reached the qualifying age. Lots of people who qualify for it aren’t claiming it, so it’s worth checking if you’re eligible.
Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for 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 ill health or a disability, you could be eligible for extra money to help with additional costs, through Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance.
Universal Credit doesn't affect people of State Pension age, unless you're in a mixed age couple where one of you is below State Pension age. If you're not eligible for Universal Credit and in a mixed age couple, there are other benefits you may be able to claim if you're on a low income.
We all need support after the death of someone close. Bereavement benefits provide extra money to ease the financial strain after the death of a spouse or civil partner if you're under State Pension age. You can claim even if you’re not on a low income. There may be other financial help available.
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 apply for 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.
There may be a limit on the total amount of benefit your household can receive. If your income goes above this amount, your 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 eligible for help with some of these, in the form of grants, loans, or other types of assistance.
If you're going into hospital or a care home, your benefits may be affected. You must tell the appropriate 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 be eligible for benefits will depend on where you’re going and how long for or where you are 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 eligible for. Tick the boxes that apply to you to see whether there might be benefits you could claim.