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Other state benefits

There are other benefits, apart from the state pension, which you may claim. We list some of them below, with links to the Government's own public services website - gov.uk - where you can find out more about each benefit. 

We are not able to answer questions about these benefits, so please use the contact details given below. 

Carer's allowance

Carer's allowance is a taxable benefit which helps people who are looking after a disabled person. The carer does not have to be related to, or live with, the person they care for. 

Click here to be redirected to gov.uk

Child benefit

This is a payment you can claim for your child. It can be claimed by anyone who qualifies, whatever their income or saving. 

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Cold weather payment

If you're getting certain benefits, you may be able to claim a cold weather payment for each week of very cold weather in your area. 

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Council tax benefit

If you need financial help to pay your council tax, you may be able to claim council tax benefit. 

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Employment and support allowance (ESA)

Employment and support allowance (ESA) offers ill or disabled people financial support if they are unable to work, and personalised help so they can work if they are able to. 

You can apply for ESA whether you are employed, self-employed or unemployed. 

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Housing benefit

If you're on a low income and need financial help to pay all or part of your rent, you may be able to claim housing benefit. 

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Income support

You may be able to claim income support if:

  • you have no income or a low income
  • are working less than 16 hours a week
  • have not signed on as unemployed.

If you claim income support, and have children, you can claim child tax credit.

Click here to be directed to gov.uk.

Jobseekers' Allowance

Jobseeker's Allowance is the main benefit for people of working age, living in England, Wales or Scotland, who are out of work or work less than 16 hours a week on average. Working age, in this case, is normally between 18 and state pension age. If you're eligible, it is paid while you're looking for work. 

Click here to be redirected to gov.uk. 

Personal independence payment/Disability living allowance

This is a tax-free benefit for anyone under 65 who, because of illness or disability, needs help looking after themselves or has walking difficulties. 

It used to be known as the disability living allowance. 

Click here to be redirected to gov.uk. 

Winter fuel payment

If you were born on or before 5 July 1951, you could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help you pay for keeping warm in winter. 

You should receive it automatically if you get the state pension. Otherwise you need to make a claim. 

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Working tax credit

Working tax credit is a benefit that can help you if you are aged over 16 and doing paid work for a certain number of hours each week, but your income is below a certain level. 

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