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Welfare Benefits

Click on the titles below for guides about statutory welfare benefits and other potential sources of income for older people:

Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit (guide 22)

Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit help people on low incomes to pay for their rent and council tax bill. This guide explains their eligibility criteria, how to apply for them, how they are calculated and how different circumstances can affect your payments.

Disability benefits: Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (guide 3)

Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance are non means tested benefits. Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people aged 65 and over who need care or supervision. Disability Living Allowance is a benefit for people aged under 65 who need care or supervision or who have mobility problems.

Grants from charities for people on a low income (guide 21)

If you are on a low income with limited savings, many charities offer grants and loans for specific expenses. This guide provides details of the different charities that may be able to help, how to apply, and when to apply.

Moving to and returning from abroad - benefits and services (guide 5)

This guide explains how a temporary or permanent absence will affect your welfare benefits, and what action you should take if you are planning to leave the UK for a short time. If you want to return to the UK after living abroad, this guide also gives information on claiming benefits on your return.

Pension Credit (guide 2)

This guide provides information on Pension Credit both Pension Savings Credit and Pension Guarantee Credit.It explains what they are, who is eligible, how to apply and how different circumstances can affect the amount of Pension Credit you receive.

The Social Fund: Grants and loans from the state (guide 4)

The Social Fund is money from the government to pay for unplanned expenses. It includes Winter Fuel Payments, Cold Weather payments, Community Care Grants, Crisis Loans and others. This guide explains the eligibility criteria, how it is paid and how to apply.

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