Make sure you’re getting the right entitlements

If you’re on a low income you might be entitled to extra benefits and entitlements. Find out more about what’s available.

Help to pay for essential things

Budgeting Loans

If you’re receiving certain income-related benefits and need help to pay for essentials like clothing, furniture or rent you might be able to get an interest-free Budgeting Loan.

Find out about Budgeting Loans and get an application form on the GOV.UK website.

If you’re getting Universal Credit, you need to apply for a Budgeting Advance.

Find out more about Budgeting Advances on the Citizens Advice website.

Funeral Payments

If you’re on a low income you could get help towards the costs of arranging a funeral.

Home and housing support

Support for Mortgage Interest

If you’re receiving certain income-related benefits and you’re struggling to keep up with the interest on your mortgage, you might be able to get extra money as part of your benefits.

This is called Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) and it can pay the interest (but not the capital repayments) on mortgages up to £200,000.

Payments are made directly to your lender 39 weeks after you first apply for this benefit so you should claim as soon as you can.

If you’re on income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, you can only get SMI for up to two years.

Under government proposals, from April 2018 if you make a claim for SMI, payments will be made as a loan. You will have to repay the loan either when you sell your house or voluntarily when you are able to (for example when you return to work).

Housing Benefit

If you’re renting from a private landlord and you’re receiving certain income-related benefits you could get money to help pay your rent.

Energy-Efficiency Grants

If you want to make some changes to your home to cut your power bills, go green and reduce the amount of energy you use. You could get help towards the costs.

If you’re older

Winter Fuel Payments

You may be able to get extra money to help you with the fuel bills during the winter.

Free TV licences

  • 75 or older, you are eligible to apply for a free TV Licence. You can do this online or by calling 0300 790 6112, you’ll need your National Insurance number to do this.
  • blind or severely sight impairedyou are eligible to apply for a 50% concession online here
  • living in a nursing or residential care home they may be able to get a concessionary rate, find out more here

Free bus travel and concessions

If you are over 60 or disabled find out about travel concessions below.

Medical costs for war pensioners

If you need medical treatment because you were disabled while serving in the Armed Forces, you could get help towards your medical costs.

War Disablement Pension

If you were injured or disabled while serving in the Armed Forces before 6 April 2005 you can get extra help towards your pension.

If you’re expecting or bringing up children

Education Maintenance Allowance

If you’re in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland and you’re aged 16–18 you could get weekly help with the cost of education.

16-19 Bursary

If you’re in England you may be able to get the 16-19 Bursary Fund to help with the costs of studying.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

If you’re receiving certain income-related benefits you could get a one-off payment to help you with maternity and baby items.

Free school meals

Find out more about free school meals:

Help with the cost of uniforms

Find out about help with school clothing costs

If you’re ill, injured or disabled

Health costs

You may qualify for help towards some NHS charges if you’re on Income Support.

Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme

You may qualify for help towards the cost of transport if you’re on Income Support and need to travel to get medical treatment.

Disabled Facilities Grant

If you’re disabled you may be able to get money towards the cost of adapting your home for your needs.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

If you’re disabled, have an ongoing health or mental health condition or from a learning disability you could get extra financial help.

Blue Badge Parking Scheme

If you’re disabled you could apply for a badge allowing you to park closer to where you need to be.

Reduced Earnings Allowance

If your earning potential is reduced because you’re disabled you may be entitled to extra support.

Vaccine Damage Payment

If you’ve been severely disabled as a result of a vaccination against certain diseases, you could get a one-off tax-free payment of £120,000.

Other financial help

Cold Weather Payments

Get extra money towards your heating bills during the cold weather if you’re getting income-related benefits.

Support to help you get through a crisis or live independently

If you’re facing an emergency, there may be local help available. This is known as local welfare assistance.

Use a benefit calculator

If you live in Northern Ireland – find out more about what benefits and financial support you might be entitled to on the nidirect website.

Where to get free help and advice