What are benefits?
Benefits are a means of financial help you can claim from the government. They give people support in order to live their lives, or to help them while they find work. In Britain, benefits are the third-largest government expenditure, set to cost £114.4 billion by 2018, second only to Healthcare (£146.8 bn) and Pensions (£160.5 bn).
It is very important you claim the benefits you’re entitled to – they exist to help you. The Government website provides advice to help you see if you can claim. You’ll need to contact your local Job Centre Plus to claim any benefits.
There are also calculators the Government recommends to help you with your claim:
- Universal Credit, Child Benefit, Guardian's Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Carer's Allowance, Council Tax Reduction
What support services are available?
The Adult Information Hub has a support directory with a wide range of services, available both nationally and within the local area.
The Citizen Advice Bureau based at Scunthorpe Central have a drop in facility to assist with Universal Credit applications and managing your online account. Simply
Benefits for carers
Currently, 6.5 million people, or 1 in ten of the British population are carers. You’re a carer if you are providing support and assistance to a family member or friend, who has a disability, an illness, a long-term health condition, a mental-health condition, or misuses drugs or alcohol. There are some benefits you may be able to claim:
- Council Tax Reduction, Carer's Allowance, Universal Credit, Disability Premiums, Pension Credit
If you’re currently receiving care from a family member or friend, you may also be eligible for welfare benefits:
- Attendance Allowance, Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Universal Credit, Disability Premiums