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  • Hardship Payments

    Hardship Payments are reduced-rate payments of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC) that are made in limited circumstances, including if you have been sanctioned.

  • What is a Hardship Payment?

    Hardship payments are reduced-rate payments of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC) that are made if you have been sanctioned. You or your partner or children must be experiencing hardship and in most cases you must sh...

  • I'm worried about being evicted

    EvictionsCheck your benefits entitlementHelp from charitable grants If you are worried about being evicted from your home, you should seek advice from a housing expert as soon as possible. The rules around evictions and the help available depend on where you live in the UK...

  • Don't feel safe at home

    If you are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse of any kind, help and support is available to you. This includes police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services. You are not alone and there is never an excuse for domestic abuse. See the follo...

  • Housing Benefit (England, Scotland and Wales)

    Housing Benefit is money to help you with your housing costs if you are on a low income. It can help with rent and some service charges. Housing Benefit is being replaced by Universal Credit.

  • Working Tax Credit

    Working Tax Credit is money to help working people who are on a low income.

  • Can I get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment?

    Applies to: Scotland You can get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment even if you already have other children. You can get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment if:You live in Scotland; andYou are receiving any of these benefits Universal Credit; or Child Tax Credit; or Working Tax Credit;...

  • Can I get an Early Learning Payment?

    Applies to: Scotland You can get an Early Learning Payment if:You live in Scotland; andYou are receiving any of these benefits Universal Credit; or Child Tax Credit; or Working Tax Credit; or Income Support; or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA); or Income-related Em...

  • How do I claim a Best Start Grant?

    Applies to: Scotland You can claim a Best Start Grant online on the mygov.scot website. You can also make a claim over the phone on 0800 182 2222. If you are claiming a Pregnancy and Baby payment and an Early Learning Payment because you have children who are the right age fo...

  • Hospital and benefits

    When you or someone in your family go into or come out of hospital, the benefits you get may change.