Turn2us have a free online calculator that you can use to check your entitlement to a range of benefits and tax credits. You can access the calculator here.
Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) is the main benefit available for unemployed individuals who are seeking work. For more information see this section of the Citizens Advice website.
There are a range of benefits available for sick and/or disabled people, including ESA (Employment & Support Allowance) and PIP (Personal Independence Payment). For more information see this section of the Citizens Advice website
If you are 16-65 and have mobility and care needs you could be entitled to Personal Independence Payments (PIP). For more information see this section of the Citizens Advice website.
If you are under 16 and have mobility and care needs you could be entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA). For more information see this section of the Citizens Advice website
If you are over 65 and have care needs, you may be entitled to Attendance Allowance. See this section of the Age UK website
If you are a carer, or if you have a carer, then Carers Allowance may be payable. For more information see this section of the Carers Northumberland website
The Welfare Reform Act 2012 abolished the discretionary elements Social Fund (crisis loans for items and daily living expenses and community support grants). This has now been replaced with local welfare provision.
For more information see Northumberland Emergency Transition Support
Citizens Advice has a full guide on their website covering the main benefits available for families and children. For more information see this section of the Citizens Advice website
Age UK has a dedicated section on their website covering pensions, including a pension calculator and advice on tracing old pensions. For more information see this section of the Age UK website
There are a range of benefits available for those with a low income:
For further information about help that you may entitled to see this section of the Citizens Advice website
If you have acted dishonestly or deliberately to claim benefits to which you’re not entitled and this comes to the attention of the office paying your benefit, they may try to investigate you for benefit fraud.
Benefit fraud is a criminal offence and is treated differently to benefit overpayments. This is because benefit overpayments can happen for other reasons. For example, because the benefit office made a mistake or because you were not aware that you had to tell the benefit office about a change of circumstances which meant you were entitled to less benefit.
Examples of benefit fraud include:
deliberately failing to tell the benefit office about your true financial circumstances when you claimed the benefit. For example, you were working while claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or you did not declare all your savings because you knew that it would affect your entitlement to the benefit
Deliberately failing to tell the benefit office about your true household circumstances. For example, you were living with someone but claiming benefits as a lone parent
using a false identity or using false documents to claim benefits. For example, you used a false birth certificate so that you could claim Child Benefit
deliberately not telling the benefit office about a change of circumstances because you knew that it would affect your entitlement to the benefit.
You can find out more about this if you have been suspected of benefit fraud here.
For a whole host of information around benefits and work click here
A range of printable fact sheets on Benefits is available from the Citizens Advice website found here
You will also find a range of printable facts sheets about Tax credits at the links below:
- Financial help for teenage parents
- Financial help in the early years
- Financial help for families affected by imprisonment
- Financial help for families fleeing domestic violence
- Tax credits - moving on to universal credit
- Childcare, tax credits and other help
- Tax credits and complaints
- Tax credits annual review
- Tax credit checks
- Lone parents and tax credits
- Tax credits – the basics
- Tax credits and self-employment
- Tax credits – challenging decisions
- Tax credits update
- Tax credits and judicial review
- Tax credits – reporting changes
- Tax credit overpayments
- Tax credits and penalties
- Tax credits for disabled workers
- Tax credits and foster carers
- Tax credits and going back to work
- Tax credits and flexible working
- Tax credits for people from abroad