Financial help and advice

Benefits and entitlements

Find out if you qualify for certain benefits and grants, especially if you're on a low income or have been made redundant.

Changes to your benefits

The government is reducing the amount of benefits some people can claim. Find out how this may affect you.

Council benefits and entitlements

Local welfare assistance
Local welfare assistance is an emergency financial payment and has replaced Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans from 1 April 2013. The fund is there to help people to try to maintain an independent life or for those facing an immediate financial crisis.

Housing benefit and council tax support
Housing benefit helps people on a low income to pay their rent. Council tax support is a discount that helps people on low income to pay their council tax.

Benefits calculator
Calculate how much housing benefit and/or council tax support you may be entitled to.

Council tax – discounts and exemptions
Who is entitled to a reduction or exemption from council tax and how to claim including single person, disabled relief and  exempt properties.

Community benefits team – benefits advice line
The community benefits team provides general advice about benefit entitlements.

Benefits from other organisations

Low income benefits
Benefits for people on a low income who need help with living or housing expenses including income support, working tax credit and pension credit.

Disability benefits
Benefits for people with disabilities including disability living allowance, attendance allowance and incapacity benefit.

Energy efficiency
Reduce your electricity bills, keep warm and reduce your impact on climate change by becoming more energy efficient at home. Find out about offers and grants to help you do this. 

Grants and financial assistance

Financial support for families
A guide for parents highlighting all the funding available to help with childcare costs as well as the cost of living.

Education - financial assistance
Financial assistance for school aged-children, 16-19s and university students including free school meals, travel to school, and Education Maintenance Allowance. 

Housing - grants and financial schemes
Grants, schemes and assistance for repairs/adaptations to your home including disabled facilities grant, handyperson scheme and empty properties scheme

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