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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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