Types of benefits

It’s important to make sure that you get all the help that you’re entitled to. These pages give you information on benefits you may be able to get.

You may be able to claim extra money from the Department for Work and Pensions to help you with your living costs if you:

  • are on a low income
  • have an illness or disability
  • are unemployed
  • are a carer

These could include:

  • Universal Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
  • Child Tax Credit

It can be hard to know what you are entitled to so a good place to start would be to use a benefits calculator. You can find out what you might be able to claim on the websites below.

You may also want to talk to one of the independent organisations that can give you advice about benefits.

Citizens Advice South Somerset ran a session in February 2022’s Local Offer Live to help families with SEND understand the benefits system and where to find reliable information.

Last reviewed: February 8, 2024 by Gemma

Next review due: August 8, 2024

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