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  • Council Tax Support

    Localised Council Tax Support schemes provide help for people on low incomes with their Council Tax bill. The schemes apply differently in different parts of Great Britain.

  • 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.

  • Discretionary Housing Payment

    Discretionary Housing Payment is a payment you may receive at the discretion of your local authority which can help towards housing costs. You can only get it if you are entitled to Housing Benefit or the Housing Costs element of Universal Credit.

  • Housing Benefit (Northern Ireland)

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

  • Support for Mortgage Interest Loan

    Support for Mortgage Interest Loan is help towards paying the interest payments on your mortgage or other loans for home purchase, repairs and home improvements. This help is in the form of a loan.

  • Statutory Sick Pay

    Statutory Sick Pay is money paid to you by your employer if you are sick and unable to work.

  • Winter Fuel Payment

    A Winter Fuel Payment is a one-off, tax-free payment made to households with someone over Pension Credit age.

  • Basic State Pension

    Basic State Pension is money paid to people who reached state pension age before 6 April 2016.

  • Short Term Benefit Advance

    A Short-Term Benefit Advance is paid as a loan, which has to be paid back out of your future benefit payments.

  • Cold Weather Payment

    A Cold Weather Payment is money to help with fuel costs during periods of very cold weather. The period of cold weather must cover seven consecutive days, between 1 November and 31 March, when the average temperature must be zero degrees Celsius or below.