What follows is only a general guide, and certainly doesn’t cover every benefit or rule. If you need help or are struggling to make ends meet, get advice to find out what you are entitled to, especially if your situation is at all complicated!
Rates given are for 2016/17 – some rates will be increased in April.
Information about free prescriptions, dental care and glasses, see here.
Universal Credit is a new single payment for people on a low income. It combines living costs and housing costs and is paid monthly. It will eventually replace Income Support, income-based JSA, income related ESA, tax credits and Housing Benefit for people of working age. In York most single jobseekers will now have to claim Universal Credit instead of income-based JSA. For more information see www.gov.uk/universal-credit.