Benefits and allowances
There is a range of benefits and allowances that you may be entitled to. Below are some of them.
If you are aged 65 or over, and physically or mentally disabled you may be entitled to Attendance Allowance to pay for some of your personal care. The amount you receive depends on your level of care needs. If you are entitled to Attendance Allowance, you may also be entitled to extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction.
To claim Attendance Allowance, fill in an Online claim form or download it to print and post.
If you require help to complete the form telephone the helpline on the How To Claim page.
If you are spending time looking after a relative, friend or neighbour then you may be entitled to claim benefits to support you in your caring role. It may be that you are unable to work, or can only work part time because of the time you are spending caring and need financial assistance to help you manage.
Camden Carers Service can offer free, confidential advice about your benefit entitlement as a carer.
To claim Carer's Allowance, fill in an Online claim form or download it to print and post.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction
Housing Benefit is a national welfare benefit that can help you pay your rent if you are on a low income. If you are on a low income, you may also be entitled to some help towards paying your council tax.
Both Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction are means-tested benefits. This means how much Benefit or Reduction you receive depends on how much income, savings or investments you have.
You can claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction if:
- you pay rent, either to the Council, a private landlord or a housing association
- you pay Council Tax on your home
- your savings are less than £16,000 - the only exception to this is if you get the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit
- you are on a low wage, even if you are self employed, or you are claiming certain state benefits.
Universal Credit is a new benefit for people of working age and for mixed aged couples where one member of the couple has not reached Pension Credit age. It is paid by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
For more information about Benefits and other support, go to the Council's Benefits and support webpage.
For advice on welfare benefits and allowances, visit Citizens Advice Camden.