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Benefits Advice and Info

This page provides links to a variety of sites and services to help you find about any welfare benefits you may be entitled to.

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Most of the benefits you can claim are from the Department for Work & Pensions (formerly called the Benefits Agency). Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit are claimed from the HM Revenue & Customs.  Housing and Council Tax Benefit are claimed directly from West Berkshire Council.

Clients who receive a chargeable care service from West Berkshire Council are referred by their Care Manager to the Welfare Benefit Officers to ensure that they receive all the benefits to which they are entitled.

Clients who do not receive a chargeable care service from West Berkshire Council should contact either the Department for Works & Pensions or the CAB to ensure they are receiving all the benefits they may be entitled to.


Attendance Allowance is a benefit, administered by the Department for Works & Pensions for people with disabilities who are aged over 65. It is aimed at people who need help with personal care or need supervision, whether or not they actually receive that help or supervision.

Carer's Allowance is a benefit, administered by the Department for Works & Pensions for people aged over 16 who regularly spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a severely disabled person. The disabled person must be in receipt of Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance care component (middle or higher rate) or Personal Independence Payment daily living component.

Child Tax Credit & Working Tax Benefit are benefits administered by the Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs for people with children or who have low earnings.

Council Tax Benefit is a national welfare benefit which is paid by the Council to help meet the cost of your Council Tax. Anyone who pays Council Tax for their home can claim.

Disability Living Allowance is a benefit, administered by the Department for Works & Pensions, for children or adults with disabilities, and is aimed at people aged under 65 who need help looking after themselves and/or find it difficult to walk or get around.

Income Support is a means tested benefit, administered by the Department for Works & Pensions, that can be paid to people aged over 16 but under Pensionable Age who are unable to work and whose income and capital are below a certain level. From October 2008 you can no longer make a new claim for Income Support if you are unable to work do to ill health. Employment Support Allowance has replaced Income Support and Incapacity Benefit for those who are sick.

Pension Credit is a means tested benefit, administered by the Department for Works & Pensions that can be paid to people who have reached pensionable age and whose income and capital are below a certain level.




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