Benefits

Adult social care and health

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Benefits are provided by the government to help those whose income is low and are unable to pay for basic needs such as housing and to help those who have to spend extra on assistance with a long term condition or disability.

Many people who could be claiming a benefit do not realise that they are entitled. They miss out because they don't know that a particular benefit exists, or else they think that they have too much money coming in or too much in the bank to qualify. However, many benefits are paid no matter how much you have coming in.

Other benefits that do take into account your savings and income are known as means-tested benefits. Many people miss out on these as they have applied in the past and been refused but their finances have changed or the amounts needed have been reduced by the government

If you need help looking at what benefits could help you, you could go to your local Citizen's Advice Bureau or Age UK office.

The GOV.UK website can also help you find out what benefits you might be entitled to. It covers benefits such as: