Call our free helpline0808 808 3555
Call our free helpline
0808 808 3555
There are a range of other benefits that families may be getting
depending on their circumstances.
These include a number of means-tested benefits that are being
replaced by Universal Credit. In most cases it is
no longer possible to make a new claim for these benefits. The only
exception to this are claims by disabled adults who qualify for a
payment known as the severe disability premium.
If someone already gets one of the above mentioned benefits and
this includes a severe disability premium (or if if they stopped
getting that benefit in the last month), they can also make new
claims for any of the other means-tested benefits rather than claim
These means tested benefits include:
A means-tested benefit to help individuals or families on a low
income and with savings below £16,000.
Employment & Support
A benefit for people aged 16-64 whose health problems mean that
they are unable to work. There is an income-related type of ESA
that has been replaced by Universal Credit for new claimants and
a contributory type that still exists for new claimants who have
paid sufficient national insurance contributions.
(rent rebate in Northern Ireland)
This is for those who pay rent and are on a low income.
Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
A benefit for people who are looking for work. There is an
income based type of JSA that has been replaced by
Universal Credit for new claimants and a contributory type that
still exists for new claimants who have paid sufficient national
Help with mortgage
Prior to April 2018, people on means-tested benefits such as
income support and Universal Credit could get benefit payments
towards the interest on their mortgage.
However, this has now been replaced by a scheme whereby any
payments you receive towards your mortgage from the Department for
Work and Pensions onwards is treated as a loan that must be repaid
with interest when your property is sold or transferred.
This applies to any payments towards your mortgage interest that
you receive from April 2018 onwards.
See our factsheet on support
with mortgage interest for more details about support with
There are also three different schemes that can give you help
towards your Council Tax bill. See our information on getting help with Council
Tax and rent (in Northern Ireland).
There are many other benefits and concessions, which you may
qualify for so it is always best to get a full benefit check done
Ring our national freephone helpline on 0808
808 3555 if you would like one of our specialist advisers to check
you are getting all you should be.
Alternatively you can check your likely entitlements by
using the benefit calculator on our
You may also be entitled to financial help from other sources,
for example a grant from the Family Fund.
This can be paid for specific items to help relieve the stress
arising from the day to day care of a child under 18 years who has
a severe disability or serious illness, for example laundry
equipment, transport expenses, help with driving lessons for you,
clothing and holidays.
For more information, contact our freephone helpline on 0808 888
3555 to find out more.