Welfare Benefits and Welfare Rights Useful Contacts
General Benefits Information
Want to know when you will get a reply back from HMRC for Income Tax, Tax Credits and Self Assessment queries? Click on the HMRC logo for their calculator.
Want to know how long it takes to process a benefit claim? Turn2us have a great page giving useful guidelines on the types of timescales you can expect. Click on their logo for more information. They also have a really useful Grants Search tool to help you find grants based on your circumstance and local area.
Universal credit is rolling out across the UK, replacing tax credits and other benefits for working-age claimants. However, whilst universal credit is currently available in all Jobcentre Plus areas in Great Britain (and is due to be introduced in Northern Ireland in 2017), whether you can claim in your postcode area depends on your circumstances.
Enter your postcode here to find out which people can claim universal credit in your area (and the status of tax credits and other benefit claims); for information which will help you understand more about how universal credit works; and for details of independent advice organisations in your area who can help you get the help that you need.
Working Tax and Child Tax Credit
Advice Now has created this useful survival guide for dealing with a TAX CREDIT OVERPAYMENT, a copy of which can be found here to download.
Job Seekers/ JSA
Job Seeker Sanction Advice- This website is independently owned and operated by three female, ex DWP civil servants who launched it in order to offer a ‘self help‘ facility to members of society who are unemployed and believe they have been subject to an unfair or illegal Jobseeker Sanction or Disallowance and who need free, relevant, up to date written advice, as well as effective ‘fill in the blank’ templates in order to allow them to challenge the financial restriction placed upon them. Click here for their website.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and ESA
The website www.pipinfo.net has some great guides relating to the benefit PIP
Surestart Maternity Grant - You could get a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child. This is known as a Sure Start Maternity Grant.
You usually qualify for the grant if both of the following apply:
Winter Fuel Payments
You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 May 1953. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’. Most payments are made automatically between November and December. You should get your money by Christmas.