Use a benefits calculator
It’s important to check if you can claim benefits. If you work and have a low income, you could still be eligible.
Use our Better Off Calculator. You can also complete the budget sheet to receive tips to reduce your expenses.
Help to use the calculator
If you need help, use the web chat feature on the calculator to speak with a benefits adviser. You can also call us on 020 7974 4444, option 9.
If you receive benefits and the calculator suggests you're eligible to receive others, get advice before you apply. This is because your current benefits may be reduced or stopped. You can:
- refer yourself for our money advice service
- get free advice from the Camden Advice Network
- call Citizens Advice on 0800 144 8444 for advice on Universal Credit
You can also check which benefits are available to you on GOV.UK.
Unemployment or low-income benefits
Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income, out of work or you cannot work.
You can make a new claim for Housing Benefit if you are:
- pension age and a single person
- pension age and have a partner who is also of pension age
- working age and live in specified, or temporary accommodation
Working Tax Credit
You must receive Child Tax Credit and work a certain number of hours to be eligible for Working Tax Credit. The amount you receive will depend on your circumstances.
Health and disability benefits
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
If you’re sick, disabled or have caring needs, check if you’re eligible for Attendance Allowance. You could get £68.10 or £101.75 a week to help with personal support.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children
You may be able to claim a Disability Living Allowance payment to help with the costs of looking after your child if they:
- are under 16
- have a condition that means they need much more looking after than a child of the same age who does not have a disability
You can claim Child Benefit if you’re responsible for bringing up a child who is:
- under 16
- under 20 if they stay in approved education or training
Child Tax Credit
You can claim Child Tax Credit if you already get Working Tax Credit.
Check if you’re eligible for Pension Credit or call 0800 99 12 34. It can top up your weekly income to £201.05 if you're single or £306.85 for couples. It may also help you access other benefits like discounted or free NHS services.
If you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits, you may be eligible for Carer's Allowance. This pays up to £76.75 per week, but may affect other benefits that you and the person you care for get.
Age UK have information on financial support for carers.
Benefit advances and loans
If you are in urgent financial need, you may be able to get an advance on your first benefit payment.
If you have been on certain benefits for 6 months, you may be able to apply for a budgeting loan.
Council Tax reductions, discounts and exemptions
If you‘re on a low income, you can apply for Council Tax Support to reduce the amount that you pay. If you are on Universal Credit, you should still apply as these are separate schemes.
A range of Council Tax discounts or exemptions are available including for single people and students.
Discretionary Council Tax discount is available in exceptional personal or financial circumstances.