Prisoners on release - Benefits when released from prison

This guide tells you what benefits you can get if you are on release from prison

Last reviewed 01 April 2022

Benefits when released from prison

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

You will need a 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.

There are guides for people leaving prison who need to claim Universal Credit on the government website.

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


Reviewed: April 2022


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