Your benefits

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.


Universal Credit

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 it is 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.


Calculating benefits

You can get help calculating what benefits you are entitled to.


Benefits from the Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has introduced new Scottish Social Security benefits and replaced, or amended, other UK benefits.


Child Benefit

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.


Mandatory reconsideration and appeals

What can you do if you feel the decision you have received about your benefits is wrong? If you disagree with a decision about benefits, tax credits or child maintenance you can ask for the decision to be looked at again – this is called ‘mandatory reconsideration’.

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