Claim benefits

Make sure you are claiming all the government support you can. It's worth double checking even if you are already getting benefits like Universal Credit or Pension Credit. 

Benefits calculators

Use a benefits calculator on the government website to check if you can access more benefits. You can use the Citizens Advice benefits calculator or contact Isle of Wight Citizens Advice

Cost of Living Payment

You may be able to get Cost of Living Payments if you are eligible for certain benefits or tax credits. You will be paid these automatically if you are eligible for them. There are more details about eligibility on the government website

Pension credit

You may be able to get Pension Credit if you are single with a weekly income of less than £182.60 or £278.70. Get more information and use the online calculator.

Childcare Choices

Thousands of families could be saving money on their childcare costs.

The Childcare Choices website brings together all the existing childcare offers in one place, so you can get the help that fits your family. This could be through Tax-Free Childcare, 30 Hours Childcare, or Universal Credit Childcare. 

And from next year even more help is on the way:

  • From April 2024, eligible working parents in England with children aged 2 will have access to 15 hours childcare.
  • From September 2024, the 15 hours childcare offer will be expanded to eligible working parents in England with children between 9 and 23 months old.
  • From September 2025, eligible working parents in England with children between 9 months up to school age will have access to 30 hours childcare.

More government support

More information about all the government support with the cost of living is on their Help for Households website

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