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Claiming benefits

Every year, more than £10 billion in benefits and tax credits goes unclaimed. The benefits system can be complicated, but it's important that you get all the benefits you're entitled to.

Online benefit calculator

You can use the online benefits calculator to check your benefit entitlement. It will ask you to fill in details of your income and other information, like whether or not you're disabled, or have children. You don't have to fill in your name or any personal details, and your calculation will be anonymous and confidential.

Please note, the results are only an indication of the benefits you could be eligible for.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction are provided by the council.

For more information, visit the Housing Benefit and Council Tax reduction section.

Grants for heating and home insulation

If you get certain benefits you may be eligible for help with your electricity bill through the government's Warm Home Discount Scheme.

Middlesbrough Council's Welfare Rights Unit

The Welfare Rights Unit provides specialised, independent and confidential advice, as well as representation on benefits and tax credits, and encourages the take-up of benefits.

Phone: 01642 729242
Emailwelfarerights@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Carers' Benefits information

If you spend at least 35 hours a week looking after someone, you may be able to get a social security benefit as a full-time carer. You don't have to be living with the person you're caring for. For more information, visit the GOV.UK website about carers and disability benefits.