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People who rely on benefits have a bad image in the media – unfairly so. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of if you have to claim benefits; after all, they are what you’re entitled to and you need money to live.
It’s actually important that you DO claim benefits if you’re unemployed. We explain why and show you what you might be entitled to.
Why do I need to claim unemployment benefits?
If you’re unemployed, as many people are at the moment, you’ll still have a mortgage/rent to pay, bills coming in and yourself or a family to support. Benefits are there to help you keep everything ticking over while you get yourself back on your feet.
However, claiming benefits are important for other reasons, too. Everyone in the UK pays National Insurance contributions (NICs) to build up their social security benefits, including a State Pension. If you claim benefits, the
government keeps paying these for you so you won’t end up in trouble when the time finally comes to retire!
What benefits can I claim?
Unemployment benefits can be complicated, so it’s important that when you sign on at a Jobcentre, you ask about exactly what forms you need to fill in and who you need to speak to…
We’re here to help get you started!
This benefit is not run by the Job Centre like Jobseekers Allowance. It is run by your local council and you may need to attend a separate meeting with them or provide evidence that you are unemployed/on a low income. This is money to help pay your rent. And if you don’t want your landlord to know about your change in circumstances then you don't have to tell them – the council won’t declare it unless you give them permission.
Council tax and housing benefit