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Benefits and entitlements

Each year up to £3.5bn of Pension Credit and Housing Benefit goes unclaimed by older people. Let us help make it easier.

What benefits can you claim?

Do you know what benefits you are entitled to? Find out exactly what you are owed, quickly and easily, using Age UK's benefit calculator.

Most common benefits

Help pay for care or bereavement

  • Attendance Allowance

    Attendance Allowance is a benefit to help older people who need extra help to stay independent at home because of an illness or disability.
  • Carer's Allowance

    Carer's Allowance is the main benefit to help carers, and even if you don’t think of yourself as a carer, you may still be able to claim it.
  • Health benefits

    Everyone aged over 60 gets free prescriptions and eye tests, but you may be entitled to help with other NHS health costs too.
  • Disability Living Allowance

    Disability Living Allowance is a benefit for disabled people, but it’s slowly being replaced by Personal Independence Payment.
  • Bereavement benefits

    If your husband, wife or civil partner has died, you may be able to claim bereavement benefits.

Help boost income

  • Employment and Support Allowance

    Employment and Support Allowance is a benefit for people who are unable to work due to illness or disability.
  • Income Support

    If you’re under Pension Credit qualifying age and living on a low income, you could benefit from Income Support.
  • Jobseeker's Allowance

    Jobseeker’s Allowance is a taxable benefit to support people who are actively looking for work.
  • Pension Credit

    Pension Credit is an income-related benefit to give you some extra money in retirement.
  • Personal Independence Payment

    Personal Independence Payment is a benefit for people who may need help because of a long-term illness or disability.
  • Universal Credit

    Universal Credit is a new benefit gradually being introduced nationally. It will eventually replace many existing benefits.

Help pay bills

  • Heating benefits

    You might be entitled to Winter Fuel Payment or Cold Weather Payment to help with your heating costs.
  • Housing benefits

    Housing benefit is money to help people on a low income to cover their rent and sometimes other housing costs like service charges.
  • Council Tax Support

    Council Tax Support is a benefit to help people who are on a low income or claiming certain benefits to pay some of their Council Tax bill.
  • Public transport concessions

    Save money on your travel by taking advantage of the free bus pass and other transport concessions for older people.
  • TV licence concessions

    You could be entitled to a concession if you're 75 or over, blind or sight-impaired or living in certain accommodation.
  • Help with urgent or one-off expenses

    There are different types of financial support available for people on a low income or without money.

How the benefits system works

Find your local Age UK for personal help with benefits

Call our advice line

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Sir Naim Dangoor

We are grateful for the generous support of the late Sir Naim Dangoor, CBE, and the Exilarch's Foundation.