Benefits and grants

If you’re finding it difficult to make ends meet, making sure you get the benefits you’re entitled to, and checking if you qualify for a grant, is one of the most important steps you can take.

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Actions to maximise your income

Use this action plan to find out if you’re missing out on any benefits you’re entitled to or grants you could claim.

  • Read our guide to benefits and grants

    Make sure you understand the basics about benefits and grants. If you haven't already, read our guide to benefits and grants.

  • Check if you're entitled to any benefits

    Use a benefits calculator to find out what benefits you may be entitled to. 

    This simple calculator will help you estimate if you’re entitled to any means-tested benefits, and it can also indicate if you’re entitled to benefits that aren’t means tested. Find out how to check your benefits.

  • Get detailed information on benefits

    Get more detailed information about the benefits you might be interested.

    There’s lots to find out about, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to even start. To read up on benefits and check if you may be entitled to anything not covered in the benefits calculator, visit the Money Advice Service.
  • Look for grants you might be eligible for

    Use a grants checker to see if you’re eligible for a grant.

    There are thousands of organisations providing grants to help in different situations, for everything from education to respite care and household essentials. Find out how to check if you’re eligible for a grant.

Next steps

Add our actions to your own to-do list to help ensure you're getting everything you're entitled to.