Updated 19th February 2017
Benefits and your rights to them. More or less everyone has rights to 'benefits' whether financial or other types.
Claiming your just 'rights to benefits' is not scrounging. Mostly, the government of the day has decided that these benefits are justified, and would like you to take them up. But, it should be well understood that this website is not about how you can work the system or cheat yourself into Benefits rights. It is for those in genuine need and who have rights to benefits in the UK.
Don't allow the government to waste money trying to find people who who are entitled to benefits. Be a good citizen, and claim the benefits rights that you have right to! We will try to help you through the minefield of official jargon, or at least point you to someone who can. Just don't abuse the system please!
DWP Benefits - Department of Work and Pensions.
Statutory Sickness Pay - An increasingly important benefit as stress and other factors affect work and health.
A-Z of UK benefits - A full guide of what benefits are available.
The DWP Social Fund Budget - Payments from the Social Fund include, Budgeting Loans; Funeral Payments; Cold Weather Payments; Winter Fuel Allowance and Sure Start Maternity Grants:
How Much are Benefits? Full breakdown of the payments payable for the different UK Benefits
What Benefits can I Claim? - A list of the most frequent searches about what can be claimed.
How and When are Benefits Paid? - Generally into a banking account every 4 weeks, but some are different.
Simple Payments System for benefits.
Jobseekers Allowance - JSA is applicable to so many instances for claiming benefits. It is work-related.
Housing Benefit in particular has changed quite dramatically. this includes what living space you are entitled to claim for (un) popularly known as the Bedroom Tax - and also the maximum entitlement you are allowed via the Benefits Cap.
Benefits Cap There is a general cap now on Benefits for those of working age. READ ABOUT THE CHANGES for November 2016In part it is being jointly enforced with both the DWP and also local authorities by way of reduction in some housing benefit payments. The basic policy behind the capping of benefits, is to "help ensure individuals are no longer given more money when they are out of work than what they could reasonably expect to earn from working." In all it will affect payment of many different benefits.
Personal Independence Payment has replaced DLA for new claimants
Employment and Support Allowance is available if disabled or to sick to work.
Mental Health Benefit Payments - How to claim with a mental health disability.
Universal Credit - We now have all the latest information, direct from the Department of Work and Pensions, so will be bringing you the facts about how the new Universal Credit system of Benefits is meant to work. The early implementation in a few areas throughout this year, will give us some data about the advantages and disadvantages of the Universal Credit system - to you and to the government. Many places in the UK are now ready for UC Claims.
Income Support Benefit is available for low paid persons. If you are receiving Universal Credit, you will not be able to claim for Income Support
State Pension Age changes are being changed over a period of a few years - basically meaning that you will not be entitled to state pension until later in life. This change is very far-reaching, and based upon the assumption that we are all going to live longer, and healthier, and therefore should remain in work for longer - or prepare ourselves financially - to cope with that longer life.
Retirement - right for me? Retirement age and State Pension Age are two very different things. This helps to explain.
When Can I Retire UK - Getting to State Pension age and Retiring are two different things.
Claim Benefits if Working - Yes it is possible, both from the government agencies - and your employer!
Budgeting Loans - available when necessary things need to be obtained.
Wide ranging help. For us with this website - it is an exciting and demanding time as we try to sift the facts from the sound bites to ensure that you get all the information you need for your rights to benefits. The housing benefit legislation now seems beyond change - though doubtless there will be some tweaks to the legislation after the full political and social aspects are fully realised.