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Benefits

Types of benefits

Benefits are a means of financial help you can claim from the government. They give people support in order to live their lives, or to help them while they find work.

The GOV.UK website has details of all the benefits including:

  • Benefit Entitlement
  • Carers & Disability Benefits
  • Council Tax – appeals, bands, discounts and reductions
  • Council Tax – people with severe mental impairment and Disabled Band Reduction
  • Death and Bereavement Benefits
  • Disability Equipment and Transport Benefits
  • Benefits for people with disabilities
  • Benefits for students with disabilities
  • Financial help for students
  • Heating and Housing Benefits
  • Low Income Benefits – Job Seekers Allowance
  • Pensions and Pension Credits
  • Tax Credits

It is very important you claim the benefits you are entitled to – they exist to help you.

If you are unsure, help is available from City of York Council and other local agencies.



What may you be entitled to?

There are a range of benefits that people can apply for to help in different circumstances. Some benefits are administered by other local authorities and some are administered by central government.

Use an independent benefits calculator to find out:

  • what benefits you could get
  • how to claim
  • how your benefits will be affected if you start work

These are free to use and anonymous.

Benefits calculators (GOV.UK)

If you are unsure, help is available from City of York Council and other local agencies.



Disability related benefits

If you have a disability, an illness, a long term health condition, affected by mental ill-health, or misuse drugs or alcohol. There are some benefits you can claim to help you:

  • Attendance Allowance, if aged 65 and over
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) if aged under 65
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Council Tax Reduction

More information is available on the Benefits section of the City of York Council website.

Benefits for Carers and the cared for

You are a Carer if you are providing support and assistance to a family member or friend who has a disability, an illness, a long term health condition, a mental health condition, or misuses drugs or alcohol. There are some benefits you can claim as a Carer to help you:

  • Council Tax Reduction
  • Carers Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Disability Premiums
  • Pension Credit

Local discretionary support

York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS)

Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)

Council Tax Discretionary Reduction (CTDR)

Details can be found on the Benefits section of the City of York Council website.

Other Advice

A guide to advice services across York is available from www.adviceyork.org.uk

Department of Work & Pensions - www.gov.uk

York Monkgate Job Centre Plus –

11-17 Monkgate

York YO31 7JZ,

Telephone: 0800 160 0190 or

Textphone: 0800 169 0314

Benefits and Debt Advocacy - York Advocacy Hub - Tel: 01904 414357 email: office@yorkadvocacy.org.uk

Veterans Welfare Service – Defence and armed forces: Support services for veterans and their families - GOV.UK




Last reviewed: 18/12/2018

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