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Prisoners on release - Benefits when released from prison

This guide provides information about the benefits which may be available to you if you are on release from prison, depending on your personal circumstances.

Benefits when released from prison

You can claim most benefits in the normal way. Use the Turn2us Benefit Calculator to check which benefits you may be entitled to.

You will need a national insurance number to claim benefits. If you haven’t already got one, the Government's Gov.UK website has more information on how to apply for a national insurance number.

You will also need to prove your identity, so make sure you keep form B79 (notification of discharge from prison), sometimes known as discharge papers, when you leave prison.

Under the Fresh Start scheme you can arrange an interview at your local Jobcentre Plus office for the day after you leave prison. A member of the prison resettlement team will be able to arrange this for you before you leave prison.

There is more information about prisoners resettlement on the Ministry of Justice website.

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