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Benefits

Welfare Benefits are money provided by the government to people who are in need. There are a number of different benefits available. Find more below about the different types of benefits available and how to apply for them depending on your situation.

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Affordable Credit

There are a number of affordable credit options available to people in Newcastle who may be able to help you if you’ve been refused credit by other lenders.

Attendance Allowance

Attendance allowance is a benefit for people who are physically or mentally ill; are disabled and need support or care; or need to be supervised by someone else during daily living activities.

Bereavement Benefit

Bereavement benefit is a payment that may be made following the death of your husband, wife or civil partner.

Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s allowance is paid to people over 16 and who spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone with substantial care needs.

Carers Wellbeing Fund

This fund is available for carers to take breaks and opportunities that give them choice, independence and control to improve their health and wellbeing. The fund is currently closed.

Child Benefit

Child Benefit is a tax-free monthly payment made to anyone bringing up a child or a young person. You may be the guardian or carer of your grandchildren. You do not need to be the parent of the child or young person to qualify, but you must be responsible for them.

Cold Weather Payments

Cold weather payments are made to help people keep warm during extended cold spells of weather between 1 November and 31 March each year.

Council Tax Support

Council Tax Support is a benefit that helps people on a low income to pay the Council Tax on the property they live in.

Dealing with debt

Help is available to manage debt if you need it. This article covers everything from planning your finances, financial help, utility debt and illegal lending.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Disability Living Allowance is a payment for disabled people who need additional support for their care or mobility needs. This benefit will be replaced by Personal Independence in January 2015.

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