It is important to understand your benefits and entitlements, on this page you will find out all you need to know. You will also find some useful information on council tax, housing costs, national insurance, payment of benefits and problems with benefits.

This brilliant  Benefit calculator will help you find out which benefits you can claim

Follow the link if you want to know more about the Benefit Cap (there are changes from November 2016) Benefit Cap Information

Universal Credit (UC)


From 2015, Universal Credit was expanded nationwide for all new claims for single claimants:

  • with no children
  • that could include housing costs

In June 2018 it will be introduced for all claimants in Kingston (information correct at 29.11.17)

If you are already claiming any benefits, you do not need to do anything. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will contact you if you are affected by any of the changes.

Benefits – introduction

Help if on a low income?

In work or looking for work?

Sick or disabled people and carers?

Children and young people

Older people

Welfare benefits reform

The benefit cap