Other benefits that can help
Are you claiming all the benefits you’re entitled to? It’s always worth checking what benefits you’re eligible for as it can open the door to other support such as council tax reductions and reduced utility tariffs. Use our Benefits calculator to see if you’re eligible.
Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. You may be able to get Universal Credit if you’re on a low income or need help with your living costs.
Apply for Universal Credit
Pension Credit gives you extra money to help with your living costs if you’re over State Pension age and on a low income. Pension Credit can also help with housing costs such as ground rent or service charge.
Apply for Pension credit.
Specified Adult Childcare credits
If you are a grandparent, or other family member, who cares for a child under 12, usually whilst their parent (or main carer) is working, you may be entitled to receive National Insurance credits which will go towards your state pension.
Find out more about adult childcare credits and apply for Specified Adult Childcare credits.
Disability and sickness benefits
Disability Living Allowance for children
Disability Living Allowance for children (DLA) is a tax-free benefit for children under 16 to help with the extra costs caused by long-term ill health or a disability.
Apply for Disability Living Allowance.
Personal Independence Payment
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a tax-free benefit for people aged 16 or over who have not reached State Pension age. It can help with the extra costs caused by long term ill-health or a disability.
Apply Personal Independence Payment
Attendance Allowance is a tax-free benefit for people who are State Pension age or over, have a disability and need someone to help look after them.
Apply for Attendance Allowance
Carer’s Allowance is extra money to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs.
Apply for Carers Allowance
Cheaper broadband and phone packages (social tariffs)
Social tariffs are cheaper broadband and phone packages for people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits. Some providers call them ‘essential’ or ‘basic’ broadband.
They’re delivered in the same way as normal packages, just at a lower price. Amid rising living costs, Ofcom is encouraging companies to offer social tariffs to help customers on low incomes.
Take a look at the list of available tariffs.
Help with your TV Licence
The Simple Payment Plan can help you choose from either a fortnightly or monthly payment plan that spreads the cost of a TV Licence over 12 months. This means you make smaller payments more frequently, helping you to better manage your finances.
TV Licensing accepts referrals to the Simple Payment Plan from not-for-profit organisations such as charities or your local authority.
Other TV licence concessions