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Claiming Benefits

You can find out about benefits, grants and allowances that are available, depending on your needs and your circumstances, and how to apply for them by visiting the Gov.UK website.  There is also general information about benefits and financial support available on this site.

From the 8th April 2013 - the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being replaced by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people aged 16 - 64 years of age who have a health condition or disability.  Most people who currently receive DLA will not be affected by the change until 2015 or later. Please visit for further details.

The Motability Scheme is available to meet the costs of having a car, powered wheelchair or scooter through contract hire, leased car or hire purchase agreement.  Visit to find out more about how the scheme works and to check whether you are eligible.

The Family Fund is a charity supporting low-income families who are caring for a severely disabled child under the age of 17. Please visit for further details.

Income Support is extra money that you may be able to get if:

  • you are working less than 16 hours a week
  • have no income or a low income
  • have not signed on as unemployed

Please visit for further details.

Jobseeker's Allowance is an allowance paid to help you whilst you look for work. For further details please visit

Employment and Support Allowance can offer financial support if you are unable to work or personalised help so that you can work it you are able to. For further details please visit

Housing and council tax benefits

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit are provided by the Council. To apply online and for further details please click here to be directed to Hartlepool Borough Council's website.

Carers' Benefits Information 

If you spend at least 35 hours a week looking after someone you may be able to get a social security benefit as a full-time carer. You do not have to be living with the person you are caring for. For more information please visit the section on Carers and disability benefits.

Hartlepool Carers provide support to all Carers in Hartlepool to ensure they are receiving the support they require. To find out more please visit

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