The benefits system has undergone a major change recently. We can help you to understand what benefits you are entitled to, including universal credit, benefits when you are having a baby, disability benefits, and more.
This information is for single parents about to claim Universal Credit, already getting it or who want to know more about it. It explains what Universal Credit is, how to claim, how is it calculated and how it is paid.
Benefits have changed
The benefits system has undergone a major change recently. Some benefits are being replaced while others might have different rules for claiming them.
Disability, sickness and care benefits
If you, or your child, have a disability or illness or you care for someone with a disability or illness you may be able to get benefits to help with day to day living costs and to pay for support and services.
You can get help calculating what benefits you are entitled to.
Benefits in Scotland
The Scottish Government have responsibility for some benefits and the option to change how others were administered. This means that some benefits in Scotland are different from those in the rest of the UK.
You can get child benefit if you are responsible for a child or qualifying young person.
Benefits based on your national insurance contributions
If you have made the necessary national insurance contributions you may get new style Jobseeker’s Allowance or new style Employment and Support Allowance if you stop working.
Bereavement Support Payment
If your husband, wife or civil partner has died in the last 21 months you may be able to get Bereavement Support Payment.
Financial help if you are receiving benefits, on a low income or have a crisis
There may be extra help, in addition to benefits, if you are on a limited income or have an unexpected expense. What you can get depends on your family circumstances including your income, any savings and what you need help with.
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