State benefits

01 October 2019

3 min read


A guide to finding out what state benefits you’re entitled to

There is a wide range of state benefits available. If you’re struggling to make ends meet or your income could do with a boost, claiming all the benefits you’re entitled to can make a big difference.

You can navigate through the guide using the table of contents, or if you'd like to read the guide end-to-end in full, you can download the PDF.

Who’s entitled to benefits?

Your right to benefits will depend on your individual circumstances or those of your household. For example, you may be entitled to benefits if you are sick, lose your job, are on a low income, have children, are over 60, have a disability, become a carer or are recently bereaved.

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There are a large number of different benefits available.

What help is available

The benefits system can seem daunting but there is plenty of help available. This ranges from online benefits calculators, which will tell you what benefits you might qualify for, to expert advisers who you can talk to for help and advice. You may also be entitled to help from your local authority with your housing costs or Council Tax.

As well as state benefits, there are also grants available from charitable organisations for people on a low income and other types of help such as schemes and grants to help towards your energy costs, water bills and energy efficiency measures.

Find out what you’re entitled to

You can find out more about state benefits and grants for your particular situation at:

To find out what you might be entitled to use one of the benefits calculators listed below. You will need accurate information about your:

  • savings
  • income, including your partner’s (from payslips, for example)
  • existing benefits and pensions (including anyone living with you)
  • outgoings (such as rent, mortgage, childcare payments)
  • Council Tax bill

You can find benefits calculators at:

You can check what grants you might be entitled to at:

Where to get advice

There are a number of organisations that can provide you with information and advice on the state benefits and grants you might be able to claim.

For advice on benefits, housing, jobs, legal issues and other practical help

Help for older people

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer

If you have a terminal illness

If you’re caring for someone