Entitlement to benefits and additional support

Decorative image onlyIf your financial circumstances have changed or you are struggling financially, it is important to check whether you may be entitled to receive any additional benefits. It’s a common misconception that benefits are only available if you’re out of work – but even some families with an income of £50,000 or more can qualify for help. 

A good resource is the entitledto website which provides a free assessment of the benefits you could be claiming. 

Age UK provides good advice if you are of pensionable age, please see their Benefits and Entitlements webpage for more information.

If you would like advice on benefits administered by central government, please visit their Benefits webpage, or contact your local Jobcentre Plus office.

If you would like advice on benefits administered by us, you can contact our benefits team by emailing benefits@rbwm.gov.uk or calling 01628 796036.  
 
Please be aware that we can only provide advice on benefits we administer, not those from central government.

Additional cost of living support

The Government has announced additional cost of living support for those on certain low income and disability benefits, please see these schemes below.

Low income benefits

You will receive a one-off £650 payment if you receive any of the following:

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit.

Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) will make the payment in two lump sums – the first from July, the second in the autumn. Payments from HMRC for those on tax credits only, will follow shortly after each to avoid duplicate payments.
 
You will need to be in receipt of one of these benefits, or have begun a claim which is later successful, as of 25 May 2022 to be eligible for the first of the two instalments. 
 
HMRC and DWP will provide further guidance, and the government will set out the eligibility date for the second instalment, in due course.
 
If eligible you do not need to apply - you will automatically be sent the money when it is due.

Disability benefits

You will receive a one-off £150 payment if you receive any of the following: 

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Scottish Disability Benefits
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement.

You must be in receipt of, or have begun an eventually successful claim for, one of these benefits as of 25 May 2022 to be eligible for this additional payment.
 
The government will make these payments in September.