Benefits advice and guidance

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We recognise that understanding the huge amount of information about benefits can be difficult.

Here you will find a summary of the key benefits and also our benefit calculator which will help you work out what benefits you may be entitled to. You will also find information about where you can go to get advice and guidance about benefits.


Local Council Tax Support

Council Tax Support helps people on low incomes pay their Council Tax. You can apply for Council Tax Support if you are aged 18 or over and you have to pay Council Tax on your home.

Visit our Council Tax Support page for more information.


Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance help people on a low income to pay their rent. The amount of any benefit depends on your particular circumstances.

Visit our Housing Benefit page for more information.


Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term ill-health or a disability if you’re aged 16 to 64. The rate you could get depends on how your condition affects you, not the condition itself.

Visit the GOV.UK website for further information on Personal Independence Payment.


Household Benefit Cap

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap. For most households, the maximum benefit which can be received is £500 per week for single parents, couples with or without children, and £350 per week for single people without children.

From the autumn of 2016 changes were made to the benefit cap levels.  The maximum benefit which can now be received is £384.62 per week for single parents, couples with or without children and £257.69 per week for single people without children.

Visit the GOV.UK website for further information on the Benefit cap.


Benefit Calculator

The GOV.UK Benefit calculator will help you work out your benefits. You can also use the calculator to work out how much you would be entitled to if your circumstances changed.


Stockton Welfare Advice Network (SWAN)

Stockton Welfare Advice Network (SWAN) provides free information on a range of issues affecting the people living in Stockton Borough, including information on benefits, housing, debt, and health.

Visit the SWAN website for further information on the service.


Universal Credit

Universal Credit is part of the government’s Welfare Reform Act. For further information on this please visit our Universal Credit page


Stockton Information Directory

The Stockton Information Directory provides information and advice on a range of services and opportunities for adults across the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees. The variety of services include information on where local groups and leisure activities are taking place, what help you can get to remain in your own home, housing and care home information and much more.

Visit the Stockton Information Directory for a full range of information and advice available for adults.