How to find out if you qualify for benefits
You may be entitled to receive benefits if you are on a low income or have certain costs to meet because of your personal situation.
If any of the following apply to you, you may be entitled to claim benefits:
- you're on a low income (employed or looking for work)
- you have dependent children
- you'reill or disabled
- you're caring for someone
- you're aged 60 or over
- you have been bereaved
- you're pregnant or have recently had a baby
You can check whether you may qualify to receive financial or other support by using the benefits adviser service. This will tell you who can and can't claim specific benefits and other support, and next steps.
Benefits advice if you are of working age
If you are of working age, you can contact Jobcentre Plus. Whether you are already working or are looking for work, the staff there will be able to tell you about any benefits you can claim. You can find the contact details for Jobcentre Plus in the phone book or by visiting the Jobcentre Plus website.
For new benefit claims call:
Telephone: 0800 055 6688
Textphone: 0800 023 4888
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Or find your local Jobcentre Plus.
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National Insurance is the system of contribution towards state benefits and other welfare provisions operated in the United Kingdom. It was first introduced in 1911, to insure the population against illness and unemployment.
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