Benefits and help to claim

Benefits and help to claim

You could be missing out on cash to help you pay for your home, housing costs, your care and support costs and day to day living.

A surprisingly high number of people simply do not realise that they could get additional income from benefits. Whether you are ill, living with a disability, caring for someone or an older person, there are a number of benefits which could help.

To find out what benefits you may be entitled to claim, the Solihull Council website has details of Council Tax Reduction, Housing Benefit and advice about welfare reforms.

The GOV.UK website can also help you find out about benefits and support you may be entitled to receive.

You can also get help and advice from the Community Advice Hubs in the borough. A service which is provided on behalf of Solihull Council by Age UK Solihull, in association with other organisations including DIAL Solihull and other partners. You can visit the hubs in:

Solihull Community Housing also provides advice on benefits and support. You can contact the Money Advice Team at Solihull Community Housing by:

Benefits for carers

If you are a carer, it is important to know what benefits you are entitled to. It is also good to know what benefits the person you care for is entitled to.

To understand what benefits you and the person are entitled to claim, the hubs can help discuss your options and what is available.

Help is also available from Carers Trust Solihull.

You may also find the advice and support helpful from the:

Benefits for older people

According to Age UK in 2015, around £5.5 billion benefits and entitlements for older people are unclaimed each year.

If you are over 50, you can also get help and advice directly from Age UK Solihull by:

The Citizens Advice website also has extensive benefits advice.

To ensure you are getting all of the benefits that you are entitled to receive, you can also:

  • visit the Community Advice Hubs at The Core, Solihull and Chelmsley Wood Library
  • call Solihull Connect on 0121 704 8007

Benefits for disabled people

If you are living with a long term illness or are disabled, you may be entitled to a number of benefits to help pay for day to day living and meet the costs of your care.

The Information and Advice Hubs and Chelmsley Wood Library or Solihull Connect in Solihull will be able to provide support.

Help is also available from:

There is also information and advice from:

Welfare reforms

Welfare reform started in 2013 and the process is seeing many existing benefits phased out and replaced by a new benefits system.

For full details you can visit the:

Council Tax Reduction, discounts and Housing Benefit

If you are on low income, you may be able to claim Council Tax Reduction and Housing Benefit.

Council Tax Reduction entitles you to money off your Council Tax bill if:

  • you are responsible for paying the Council Tax bill and
  • you are on a low income or claiming benefits

For full information on what support you could be entitled to receive you can visit the:

There are a variety of Council Tax Discounts and exemptions available and they apply in various circumstances.

For full information on what discounts and exemptions are available you can visit the:

Housing Benefit entitles you to financial support for your housing costs if:

  • you pay rent for your home or
  • you are on low income or
  • you are claiming benefits

For full information on what housing benefit support you could be entitled to you can visit the Solihull Council website:

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