Maximising your income
Are you receiving all the money you should? Many people miss out on benefits they are entitled to each year.
Depending on your circumstances there are a number of benefits that you or your family could claim. For more information on these benefits click on the links below:
- Money, tax and benefits advice
- Tax Credits and Child Benefit
- Employment and support allowance
- Bereavement payment and allowance
- Free school meals
- Cold weather payments
You can find out more about various benefits by visiting the Citizens Advice Bureau website or contacting any member of the Income Recovery Team.
Benefits calculator website
To find out which benefits you may be entitled to, please use the Benefits Checker on the Turn2us website. The Benefits Checker should only take ten minutes to complete.
Discretionary housing payments
If you get housing benefit or council tax benefit but are having difficulty paying the rest of your rent yourself, you may be able to get a discretionary housing payment. Find out more on the Shelter website.
Budgeting and money management
The best way to manage your household finances is to monitor your incomings and outgoings in the form of a budget. A budget prioritises the things that are important (like your rent and household bills) and should be amended if your circumstances change to reflect the differences in your finances. This will help you take control of your finances, which should relieve stress and help you to plan for upcoming events. The Money Advice Service budget planner can help you work out how much money you have coming in and what you are spending it on.