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Benefits grants and payments

Benefits calculators

There are a number of benefits you could be entitled to that could help reduce bills or maximise your income. We recommend using a benefits calculator to get a good idea of the financial help you could be receiving. Citizens Advice has an up to date list of reliable benefits calculators.

If you have no recourse to public funds (NRPF) or are otherwise unable to receive benefits for British and Irish citizens, we recommend that you look at support for migrant families from the NRPF Network.

Our benefits, grants and payments information

You can find out more about the benefits and discretionary payments that you may be eligible for in our benefits section. You can also view your benefits online.

At the national level, you can find more information about benefits on GOV.UK, including the housing element of Universal Credit.

If you need additional help after viewing the information available, you can contact our benefits team.

Household Support Fund

The government's Household Support Fund was set up to help those in need over winter. Keep up to date with the latest information on our Household Support Fund page.

Housing benefits, grants and payments information

Government payments and grants

The government have arranged a number of payments and grants for those in need.

There are also general grants and credits still available that the government set up before the current cost of living difficulty.

Income payments and grants

Household and energy payments and grants

Keep up to date with information about the national Council Tax Energy Bill Rebate and our local Discretionary Energy Bill Rebate, announced earlier this year. You will have received a letter from us if you are eligible for the discretionary rebate.

Childcare payments and grants

Pension credit

Pension Credit tops up weekly income to a guaranteed minimum level of £201.05 a week for single pensioners or £306.85 for couples. It is a tax-free payment for those who:

Someone may still get Pension Credit if they:

  • have not paid National Insurance contributions
  • have some savings or a small pension
  • live with their grown-up family
  • own their own home

Pension Credit: are you eligible?

Use the Pension Credit calculator to find out how much Pension Credit someone could get.

Cost of living payments

Make sure to keep up with the latest guidance and support on the cost of living payments page on GOV.UK.

Crisis advice scheme for BCP residents

If you are under significant pressure or in danger, we may be able to offer help through our crisis advice scheme. Please note that you must be a BCP resident over the age of 16.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice BCP mobile outreach vehicle - to help make reaching their services that little bit easier. The Community Advice Vehicle will be in these areas across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in the coming months.

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