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  1. Carer's Credit, National Insurance and pensions

    Being a carer can make a significant difference to your state or personal pension, especially if you have to give up work to care. Your National Insurance (NI) number is the number used to keep track of your NI contributions and your entitlement to benefits. Your…
  2. Challenging a benefit decision

    If you're not happy with the decision made about the income-related benefit that you've claimed, you must first ask for the decision to be looked at again (this is known as "mandatory reconsideration"). If you're unhappy about the way your claim has been dealt with, you…
  3. Employment rights for carers

    Continuing to work while caring can help you feel good about yourself and provide you with social interaction outside of your caring role. But staying in work or returning to work might feel like a daunting prospect and you may find it helpful to take…
  4. Housing Benefit

    Housing Benefit is a benefit that helps with the cost of rent if you have a low income. It's administered by your local authority. It can be paid whether you're in council or private housing, and you can claim it whether you're in or out…
  5. Income Support

    Income Support is a benefit that's paid to top up your money if you have a low income. Why claim Income Support? Even if the amount of benefit you get is quite small, it's still worth claiming Income Support  because it entitles you to extra…
  6. Jobseeker's Allowance

    Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is a benefit for people who are unemployed and on a low income. It can also be claimed to top-up contribution-based JSA (which is based on previous National Insurance contributions). JSA is just one of the benefits you may be eligible…
  7. Other financial help

    If you're on a low income and are getting certain income-related benefits, you may be eligible for extra help with everyday health costs, including: free prescriptions (income-based benefits only) free NHS dental treatment and dentures (income-based benefits only) free NHS sight tests, glasses and contact lenses…
  8. Personal Budgets

    A Personal Budget is an allocation of funding identified by the Local Authority (and, if appropriate, the Clinical Commissioning Group) to provide support to meet all or some of the outcomes identified in an EHC Plan. A Personal Budget can be provided in circumstances where…
  9. Tax credits

    Tax credits can help you if you're paying tax but don't earn a lot of money. Who is eligible for Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit? You may be eligible for one of these credits if any of the following apply: If you're in…
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