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A to Z Listing of Government Benefits

For an A to Z list of benefits and links to further information. Some examples are listed below. In addition there are for example fuel, health and disablility benefits.
Website: www.dwp.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/

Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is a Department created in June 2001 and is responsible for employment, equality, benefits, pensions and child support. Most of the work that was carried out by the DSS (ie Benefits Agency, Child Support Agency, the Appeals Service and Departmental Directorates) has transferred to the new DWP.
Website: www.dwp.gov.uk/

Child Support Agency

For the latest developments and the official view from the Government. The website includes sections on who the CSA is and what it aims to do, questions and answers and links to related sites.
Website: www.csa.gov.uk/

Childrens Tax Credit

An income tax relief for people with children, it can reduce the level of income tax you pay each year and is administered by the Inland Revenue - see the Inland Revenue for more information.
Website:www.hmrc.gov.uk/menus/credits.htm

Citizens Advice Bureaux

Provides free, independent and impartial advice on matters including social security, employment, discrimination, consumer and debt matters, housing, legal etc. The website includes news headlines, news library, how to get advice with an online directory to find your nearest bureau and local website, together with online advice and information.
Website www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Council Tax Benefit

This benefit is there to provide help in paying your council tax. It is paid by local councils and whether or not you already get a discount on your council tax (e.g. for living alone) is irrelevant. For futher information about this benefit, how you can claim and how much you can expect to receive see the government website.
Website:www.dwp.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/council_tax_benefit.asp

House Repairs and Mortgages

Local Authorities give grants towards the cost of certain repairs or improvements to your house. Most are discretionary with your income and savings being taken into account. In respect of mortgages, since 1995 there has been no state support for the first nine months. In April 2001 Mortgage Interest Run On was introduced. Essentially it is funding for an additional four weeks after you have found work - in anticipation of your first pay cheque. For futher information about these benefits, how you can claim and how much you can expect to receive see the government website.
Website:www.dwp.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/mortgage_interest_run_on.asp

Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit is essentially help towards your rent, sometimes called a rent rebate or allowance. It is paid by local councils and it may also help towards other expenses like children's play areas and cleaning of communal areas. It does not cover mortgage costs. For futher information about this benefit, how you can claim and how much you can expect to receive see the government website.
Website:www.dwp.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/housing_benefit.asp

Income Support

Income Support is available for people on a low income. If you have savings over a defined limit it usually means you cannot claim this benefit. For futher information about this benefit, how you can claim and how much you can expect to receive see the government website.
Website: www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/

Inland Revenue

The Inland Revenue web site features news and information on tax and national insurance matters in the United Kingdom. As well as information about the Revenue, location of offices and copies of press releases, there are featured areas which include self assessment, national insurance contributions, working families tax credits, disabled persons tax credits etc. There also forms, leaflets, booklets, details of rates and allowances, legislation, FAQs, etc.
Website: www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/index.shtml

Jobseekers Allowance

Jobseekers allowance is paid if you are available for work, capable of working and actively seeking work. For futher information about this benefit, how you can claim and how much you can expect to receive see the government website.
Website: www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/

Social Fund

The Social Fund provides lump sum payments, grants and loans. Significant savings (£500) may affect how much you get. They are discretionary and not for standard amounts. For futher information about this type of benefit, how you can claim and how much you can expect to receive see the government website.
Websites:www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/ and www.dwp.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/crisis_loans.asp

Working Tax Credit

A tax credit payable to working families depending on their circumstances, it is administered through the Inland Revenue and normally paid through your wage packet. It applies to either couples or lone parents - see the Inland Revenue for more information.
Website:www.hmrc.gov.uk/menus/credits.htm