Find out about benefits you could be entitled to.
Find out how Universal Credit could help you, see understanding Universal Credit.
If you are a council tenant in H&F, our Welfare Benefits Team can provide welfare rights advice including debt advice, support to identify benefit entitlement and apply for grants. Contact us about benefits.
H&F benefit calculator
Pensions credit calculator
If you're older, please have a look at the Pension Credit calculator.
To use these calculators you’ll need information about savings, income, pension, childcare payments and any existing benefits (for you and your partner).
Help for Households campaign
Cost of Living Payments
The government has announced further Cost of Living Payments between spring 2023 and spring 2024. These payments are automatic for the following:
- £301 for people on an eligible low income benefit, to be paid during spring 2023
- £150 for people on an eligible disability benefit, to be paid during summer 2023
- £300 for people on an eligible low income benefit, to be paid during autumn 2023
- £300 for pensioner households, to be paid during winter 2023 to 2024
- £299 for people on an eligible low income benefit, to be paid in spring 2024
For guidance on getting extra payments to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits see Cost of Living Payments (GOV.UK)
If you need advice on how to claim these benefits please call our cost-of-living crisis team on 0800 917 6994.
Crisis Prevention Scheme
You may be able to get up to £900 to help deal with a financial emergency if you don't have enough money for basics like food, gas and electricity.
Financial help if you are disabled
Visit GOV.UK to find out about the wide range of disability-related financial support available.
Organisations that can advise about benefits and financial difficulties
Need help with your household bills? Get tips from MoneySavingExpert.
Want some free and impartial money advice? Try the Money Advice Service.
Want to learn more about how to build your own budget, ways to balance it and how to set money aside for regular bills? Like to pick up some practical tools and tips to use in your daily life?
Try Crosslight's free interactive money skills course. It's available online and face-to-face.
Or if you’re looking for an even quicker way to create a budget, why not try a budgeting app?
If you need help to reduce your regular living costs, try these ideas from Citizens Advice.
Age UK Warm Home Programme: the programme helps in 3 key ways:
• benefit entitlement checks
• home energy checks
• providing advice
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm
Crosslight offers free, impartial debt advice to anyone struggling with problem debt. Book an appointment with their advisers to get started, you can meet them at one of Crosslight's branches or arrange to speak to them on the phone if easier.
Citizens Advice Hammersmith & Fulham
General enquiries: 0300 330 1162
Help to claim Universal Credit: 0800 144 8444
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
Money Helper provides advice on how to save on gas and electricity and what help is available to households who are concerned about paying their bills or missing a payment.
H&F Credit Union
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
H&F Law Centre
Monday to Thursday, 10am to 12 noon and 3pm to 5pm
Guidance for people with a learning disability and their families and carers on how to get help with food, energy and fuel costs.
A fuel poverty charity which provides advice on warm and safe homes and for those struggling to pay their bills.
Welfare benefits team
Monday and Friday, 9am to 12.30pm
Wednesday, 1.30pm to 4.30pm