The types of benefit that you may be able to claim will depend on your circumstances.
We have listed below the benefits you may be entitled to depending on your circumstances and we have provided links for more information. If you would like a general benefit check please use the 'entitled to' benefits calculator from gov.uk. However if you have any specific questions or queries please contact us.
If you or someone you support does not have access to the internet at home, there are computers that can be booked at libraries and some libraries have free Wi-Fi and courses to help you get online.
Benefits you may be entitled to
- If you are a carer
- If you are sick or disabled and are unable to work
- If you are sick or disabled and are able to work
- If you have recently been bereaved
Some of these payments may affect your existing benefit entitlements.
If you are over state pension age, you may get an automatic increase in your state pension if your spouse or civil partner dies.
- If you are in crisis
- If you are (our your partner is) in work and pregnant or have recently given birth
- If you have children
- If you have reached state pension age
Depending on your circumstances there may be other benefits and tax credits such as Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Income Support and Employment and Support Allowance that you may be able to qualify for. If you require any further advice, please contact us.
The GOV.UK website has useful information about social security benefits and tax credits. You can also download claim forms or claim some benefits online. Other useful websites are:
- Age UK
- Information for older people
- Disability Alliance
Disability benefits information
- Carers UK
Advice and information for carers
- Contact a family
Families with disabled children
- Citizens Advice
Benefits and debt advice
- National Debtline
Independent debt advice
- Council Tax help
For people in debt or struggling with their Council Tax bill
Welfare Rights website
- Child Poverty Action Group
Benefits advice and information
- Information on Universal Credit including "how to apply"
Login with your Lancashire library card number.
Personal Independence Payments (PIP) resource for advisers
Work capacity assessment (WCA) guide for advisers
- Universal credit info
Postcode checker with links to information about universal credit
- Free Open University course - Managing my money
A course for people interested in developing their personal financial skills to make good decisions when managing their finances and buying financial products.