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Welfare and Benefits

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new benefit to support you if you are working and are on a low income or you are out of work. It is a single monthly payment and replaces some of the benefits and tax credits you might be getting, including -

  • Housing Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance.

By combining your benefits into one simple payment, it makes it easier for you to manage your money and helps ensure you receive the right amount of financial aid. It also makes it easier to adjust your payments when your circumstances change.

Apply for Universal Credit (Opens in a new window)

Alternatively, you can contact them by telephone on 08003 285 644


Housing and Housing Benefits

Click on the options below to find out about different housing benefits.

You can also find out more about Heating and Housing benefits (opens in a new window).

You could get Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent if you’re on a low income. Housing Benefit can pay for part or all of your rent. How much you get depends on your income and circumstances.

You can apply for Housing Benefit whether you are unemployed or working.

You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you are getting certain benefits. You will get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below for 7 consecutive days.

If you were born on or before 5 November 1953 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment'.


Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independent Payment (PIP) is a benefit you can get if you are aged 16 to 64 and have an illness or disability, it has replaced Disability Living Allowance.

The amount you get will depend on how your illness or disability affects your day to day living and not the actual condition itself. You can find out more about eligibility and how to claim by visiting the GOV.UK website using the link provided.

Apply for Personal Independent Payment (opens in a new window)


Attendance allowance

Attendance Allowance is a benefit you can get if you are 65 or over and have a disability. Like with Personal Independent Payment, the amount you get will depend on how your disability affects you on a day to day basis.

If you receive Attendance Allowance, your other benefits may increase to recognise that fact that you need extra support due to your support needs.

The Attendance Allowance does not take into account any mobility needs you may have.

Apply for Attendance Allowance (opens in a new window)


Blind person’s allowance

If you are registered blind and are working you will be able to claim for Blind Person's Allowance. This is an extra amount of income that blind people can earn without having to pay tax on it.

Blind Person’s allowance is the same for everyone who is entitled to it, regardless of age or income.

More on Blind Person Allowance (opens in a new window)

Alternatively, you can contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by telephone on 03002 003 301


Immediate financial help

If you need immediate financial help, you may be entitled to emergency support from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or Hull City Council.

This is an application to have an advance on your benefits, this may be when you have made a new claim and encounter a period of financial need. A short term advance will then be claimed back from your future benefits.

To make a claim you can call 0845 608 8545

Access GOV.UK for more information (Opens in a new window)

You could get a budgeting loan to help pay for essential things such as:

  • rent
  • furniture
  • clothes
  • hire purchase debts.

These are one off payments and the smallest amount you can borrow is £100.

Budgeting loans are interest free so you only pay back what you borrow. You normally have to repay the loan within 104 weeks.

More information and how to apply (Opens in a new window)

Hardship payments are administered by the DWP and are reduced payments of Job seekers Allowance (income based) that are made to vulnerable people who have not followed the normal qualifying rules.

More information on Hardship Payments (Opens in a new window)


Last updated: 7/1/2020

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