Welfare Advice

Welcome to our Welfare Advice page. On this page you will find a selection of links to external websites, chosen by our library staff, which give useful information on benefits. See also our Moneywise, Finding a Job and Business Advice pages.

**Please note Cumbria County Council is not responsible for the content of external websites.**

Information4living -This website links directly to local information in the region as well as key national sources.

Cumbria County Council - Welfare - If you find yourself facing financial difficulties, this site has advice and links to information on getting the help you need including debt advice, food banks, credit unions and other forms of welfare support.

Street Link  - This government site allows people to alert Local Authorities about rough sleepers in their area, and to help them access the local services and support which is available to them.

Citizens Advice  - Information on benefits and tax credits, council tax and housing costs, national insurance, payment of benefits and problems with benefits.

Entitledto - an online independent benefits calculator which you can use to find out what benefits you could get and how to claim.

(If you have used the DirectGov online Benefits Adviser in the past, please note that this will be shut down after 30 March 2014.)

Gov.UK - The Government's online resource with information about eligibility, tax credits and appeals.

Advicenow  - An independent, not-for-profit website providing information on rights and legal issues for the general public. There is an extensive section of the website devoted to benefits.

Gingerbread - The charity, Gingerbread, offers advice and support for single parents. Their website contains information and downloadable factsheets on topics such as the benefit cap and changes to the benefit system.

Cumbria Law Centre - A community organisation offering free legal advice and representation to people who live or work in the county.They prioritise those on the lowest incomes, focusing on Housing, Debt, Employment and Welfare Benefit matters. Their website shows which Law Centre services are available locally, by district.

Disability Rights UK - Disability Rights UK is the leading charity of its kind in the UK. It is run by and is for people with experience of disability or health conditions. Their website has factsheets giving information on benefits, tax credits, independent living and other help available, as well as a number of other useful tools.

Shelter  - The housing and homelessness charity's website gives information about a range of benefit and housing related issues and includes a bedroom tax checker and a housing benefit checker

AgeUK - Age UK's comprehensive benefits webpage includes extensive information about entitlements and benefits for anyone aged 50+.

Benefits and Grants Available for OAPs - In depth article on assistance available to older people.