You may be entitled to welfare benefits depending on your particular circumstances and your residency status in the UK.
Benefit entitlement is a complex area and you should seek advice from an advice centre (such as WENAC), or another organisation that deals with this area of law.
The Benefit Agencies pay most benefits and you can claim by telephoning the Call Centres or, in some instances, you can claim online.
Inland Revenue is responsible for all tax credits.
Your local authority deals with payments towards housing costs and council tax.
Every benefit has a set of rules regarding entitlement and you have to meet certain conditions as well as make the application.
Pensioners may be able to claim the following:
Lone parents not in paid work and with dependent children under 16 may be able to claim:
Working parents with dependent children on a low income may be able to claim:
Disabled people may be able to claim:
People who are unable to work due to sickness may be able to claim:
This list is not exhaustive and people may qualify for more than one benefit, so it is best to seek advice. On this website you can find some further information on some of the benefits mentioned above - but the best advice you will get for your specific, individual needs, is if you contact the World's End Advice Centre, or another advice centre, and arrange for an appointment to discuss your situation and receive advice tailored to suit you.