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Benefits are available to a wide range of people and for a wide range of different circumstances.
Below is a list of the different types of benefit, who can get them and where to apply.
It's for people who all the following apply to:
You may get Income Support if you are one of the following:
Young people in relevant education may also get Income Support. Generally this means full-time education up to GCE A-level or Scottish Certificate of Education (Higher level). This might apply if you:
Contact Jobcentre Plus - 0800 055 6688 or click here
To get Jobseeker's Allowance you must be:
Jobseeker's Allowance isn't normally paid to 16 or 17 year olds, except in special cases.
There are two types of Jobseeker's Allowance, 'contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance' and 'income-based Jobseeker's Allowance'.
Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance
You may be entitled to claim contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance if you have paid enough National Insurance contributions (NICs). Jobcentre Plus can pay this for up to 182 days. Generally, self-employed contributions will not help you qualify for contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
This is based on your income and savings. You may get this if you have not paid enough NICs (or you've only paid contributions for self-employment) and you're on a low income.
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16 - 19 Bursary
This replaces the old Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
If you’re aged between 16 and 19 years and think you might struggle with the costs for full-time education or training you may receive a bursary.
Students most in need will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year. This group includes:
Other students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded a bursary at the discretion of their school, college or training provider.
Unlike the EMA, schools, colleges and training providers will be responsible for awarding bursaries to students. With the exception of the £1,200 bursaries for students most in need, they decide on the amount. They will also decide when bursaries are paid, and will set conditions that students should meet to receive a bursary, for example, linked to behaviour or attendance.
Contact - Your school or college
Council Tax Benefit
You may get Council Tax Benefit if you pay Council Tax and your income and capital (savings and investments) are below a certain level. You may apply whether you rent or own your home, or live rent-free. You could qualify if you are out of work, or in work and earning a wage.
Contact - Your Local Council - Click here
Health Cost Benefits
Most National Health Service (NHS) treatment is free but there can be charges for some things. You may be able to get help with NHS health costs if for example you're on a low income.
What is covered
You may be able to get help with health costs like:
Who is eligible
You may get help with the cost of charges if at least one of the following applies.
You are getting or are included in an award of:
You may also get help with the cost of charges if:
Contact - You'll need to complete form HC1 from a Jobcentre Plus office or NHS hospital. You may also be able to get an HC1 from your doctor, dentist or optician.
You can also get an HC1 form by contacting the Health Cost advice line on 0845 850 1166.
Disability Living Allowance
You may get Disability Living Allowance if:
You can get Disability Living Allowance whether or not you work.
It isn't usually affected by any savings or income you may have.
If you're aged 65 or over, you may be able to get Attendance Allowance.
Contact - Click here
Check your entitlements
You can phone the Benefits helpline on 0800 882200 or you can check online with this Benefits Advisor