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9 Welfare benefits
There are many different benefits available, depending on your needs and your circumstances. But you may not know what you are entitled to, or how to apply for a benefit, or what to do if you think you have been unfairly turned down for a benefit. This leaflet explains how the benefits system works at the moment but more changes are planned later in 2016.
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Most people in the UK are likely to qualify for some kind of welfare benefit or tax credit at one time or other, but many people miss out because they don’t know what they can claim. Here we explain the different types of benefits and tax credits, and how you can work out whether you may get them.
Benefits and tax credits are to support people in need. There are different types of benefit for different types of need. If you think you may be able to get any of the benefits described, you can get more detailed leaflets from the Department for Work and Pensions and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC, formerly the Inland Revenue) explaining:
See ‘Further help’ for contact details.
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Rachel Hadwen, a specialist in welfare rights.
Leaflet Version: April 2016
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