Help from the Royal Borough
- Council Tax Reduction for residents on a low income, who need help with Council Tax payments.
- Council Tax Discounts for residents who are single people, full time students, adults with severe mental impairment, people in care or in hospital, care workers, carers, or prisoners.
- Housing Benefit for people on low incomes who need help with rent payments.
- Leisure Pass discounts are available for residents aged 60 and over, studying full time, registered disabled, unemployed or receiving Income Support, Pension Credit or Jobseeker’s Allowance.
- the Purple Badge Scheme is available for disabled residents who wish to park in the borough.
Benefits available from DWP, HMRC, NHS
Attendance Allowance is for people over 65 who need help with personal care due to an illness or disability. Income and savings do not affect this benefit. More details are available from the Citizens Advice website or the Government website (www.gov.uk)
Bereavement Support Payment
You may be entitled to Bereavement Support Payment if you have lost a husband, wife or civil partner. More details are available on the Government website (www.gov.uk).
Carer's Allowance is for people who earn less than £123 per week and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone receiving a qualifying benefit (such as Personal Independence Payment). More details are available on the Citizens Advice website or the Government website (www.gov.uk)
Child Benefit is paid to parents for children up to age 16. There are extensions available for those under 20 in relevant full-time education or training, or those working for an approved body. More details are available on the Citizens Advice website or the Government website (www.gov.uk).
Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Disability Living Allowance is for children with disabilities who need help with getting around or personal care. Income and savings do not affect this benefit. DLA is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment for adults (see below). More details are available on the Citizens Advice website or the Government website (www.gov.uk).
Employment and Support Allowance
Employment and Support Allowance is for people who are unable to work owing to illness or disability, and who do not receive Statutory Sick Pay. Entitlement can depend on National Insurance contributions or the level of income you receive. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance is being replaced by Universal Credit (see below). More details are available on the Citizens Advice website or GOV.UK.
Help with health costs
Help with health costs is available to those entitled to free or discounted dental or eye care, free prescriptions, free travel costs and free wigs and fabric supports. For more information, visit the NHS website.
Income Support is for people with no or low incomes. To qualify you must be between 16 and Pension Credit qualifying age and meet other specific conditions. Pension Credit qualifying age is currently about 65 years old, and is gradually increasing in line with the Government’s State Pension age policy. People over Pension Credit qualifying age can claim Pension Credit (see below). More details are available on the Citizens Advice website.
Income Support is being replaced by Universal Credit (see below).
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is for people who are disabled as a result of a disease caused by work or an accident at work. More details can be found on the Government website (www.gov.uk).
Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
Jobseeker’s Allowance has two forms of benefit for people of working age. Contribution-based JSA is payable to working age people in the first six months of unemployment and is dependent on a person’s National Insurance contributions. Income-based JSA does not depend on National Insurance contributions but on a person’s income and savings. More details are available on the Citizens Advice website.
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance is no longer available for new claims and is being incorporated into Universal Credit (see below).
Maternity Allowance is for women who cannot get Statutory Maternity Pay (paid by employers), for instance for the self-employed or those who have recently changed jobs. More details are available on the Citizens Advice website.
Pension Credit is designed to guarantee every person of pension age an income of at least £167.25 a week (£255.25 a week for a couple). More details are available on the Citizens Advice website or the Government website (www.gov.uk).
Personal Independence Payment
Personal Independence Payment is replacing Disability Living Allowance for adults of working age. More information can be found the Government website (www.gov.uk).
Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants were abolished in 2013. Some local authorities operate local welfare schemes in their place. Find-out about the local scheme in the borough on the Local Support Payments page. The DWP still operates the following Social Fund schemes: Budgeting Loans, Cold Weather Payments, Funeral Payments, Short-term Benefit Advances and Maternity Grants. See the GOV.UK for more details.
Tax Credit is for people with children (Child Tax Credit) or who are working but on low income (Working Tax Credit). It is a means-tested benefit. More details are available on the Citizens Advice website or the GOV.UK.
Tax Credit is being replaced by Universal Credit (see below).
Universal Credit is a new welfare benefit that combines and replaces the major working-age income-related benefits.
These are: Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Tax Credit and Housing Benefit. More details are available on the Universal Credit page.
Vehicle Tax exemption
Vehicle Tax exemption is available to those who receive the higher rate for the mobility part of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment, War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Independence Payment. See the Government website (www.gov.uk).
You can find out what benefits you can claim using the online benefit calculator
Campden Charities is a local charity that exists solely to give away money to local people. Applicants must have lived in Kensington (North of Fulham Road only) for two years.
Congestion Charge exemption
Congestion Charge exemption is available for Blue Badge holders living in London. Up to two vehicles can be registered per holder. More details are available on the Transport for London website.
Free TV Licence
TV Licence for over 75s is free and there are discounts for those in residential care, or who are blind or severely sight impaired.
You can make energy-saving improvements to your home without having to pay all the costs up front through the Green Deal. Energy-saving improvements include: insulation, draught proofing and double glazing. These could reduce your energy bills. The Council's Greener Housing pages also provide energy saving advice.
Our help and advice page lists a number of organisations and local centres that offer independent advice on benefits and debt.