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The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for a range of benefits and services for pensioners, people of working age and families. This page details benefits you may be entitled to once you are a pensioner.

If you are of working age, or you have a family or children, you can find out about benefits you may be entitled to on the Department for Work and Pensions website. Find out more about benefits and allowances in working age or families & children on the Department for Work and Pensions website.

If you don't know the name of the benefit you are looking for, or if you want to check which benefits you may be entitled to once you are a pensioner, check the list of circumstances below:

Caring for others
Help if you are long term ill or disabled
In hospital
Keeping warm in winter
Managing on a low income
Help after a bereavement
Help with health costs
Care homes
Veterans
Visiting or living abroad



Caring for others

Help for carers - You may be able to get help with things like adapting a home for a disabled person, respite care or other support. Find out more about help for carers on the Department for Work and Pensions website
Home Responsibilities Protection - This is a scheme which helps you protect your basic State Pension. If you do not work, or your earnings are low and you are caring for someone, you may be able to get Home Responsibilities Protection (HRP). And since April 2003, HRP has been extended to registered foster carers. Find out more about Home Responsibilities Protection
Carers Allowance (formerly Invalid Care Allowance) - If you spend more than 35 hours a week caring for someone who is severely disabled, you may be entitled to this payment. Find out more about Carers Allowance in our retired section


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Help if you are long term ill or disabled

Attendance Allowance - If you are 65 or over and have needed help looking after yourself for at least 6 months, you may be entitled to Attendance Allowance. Find out more about Attendance Allowance in our retired section
Disability Living Allowance - If you are under 65 with a disability and need help looking after yourself, you may be entitled to Disability Living Allowance. Find out more about Disability Living Allowance on the Department for Work and Pensions website
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit - If you have been disabled by an accident at work, or have a disease or deafness caused by a job you have done, you may be able to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. Find out more about Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit on the Jobcentre Plus website.
Vaccine Damage Payment
- This is a one off payment if you are severely disabled as a result of a vaccination against certain diseases. Find out more about Vaccine Damage Payment on the Department for Work and Pensions website


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Hospital

Incapacity Benefit - Paid if Statutory Sick pay (SSP) has ended, or if you cannot get SSP. Incapacity Benefit is not paid if you were over State Pension Age when you became sick. Find out more about Incapacity Benefit on the Jobcentre Plus website
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) - Paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks if you were sick for at least 4 days in a row including weekends and Bank Holidays, employed when you became sick and earning enough, on average for it to be relevant for NI purposes. Find out more about Statutory Sick Pay on the Department for Work and Pensions website
Travel costs to and from hospital - If you or someone in your family needs hospital treatment and you need help with the cost of fares or petrol for travel to or from hospital for NHS treatment. Find out more about travel costs on the Department for Work and Pensions website


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Keeping warm in Winter

Cold Weather Payment - If you're getting Pension Credit, or another income related benefit, you could be eligible for extra assistance to help with your heating costs when there is a spell of cold weather in your area. Find out more about Cold Weather Payments in our retired section
Winter Fuel Payment - If you're aged 60 or over, you may be eligible for payments from the Government to help with your heating bills in Winter. Find out more about Winter Fuel Payments on this website. If you have received or applied for a Winter Fuel Payment in the UK you may now be able to continue to receive your Winter Fuel Payment if you move to another European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland. Find out more about living overseas and Winter Fuel Payments


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Managing on a low income

Budgeting Loans - If you need things for your home, or other things which you cannot pay for in a lump sum and you get Income Support, Pension Credit or income-based Jobseekers Allowance, you may qualify for a Budgeting Loan. Find out more about Budgeting Loans in our retired section
Christmas Bonus - The Christmas Bonus is a tax free payment made to customers who are present or ordinarily resident in the UK or any other EU Member State and who are entitled to receive one or more qualifying benefits, including State Pension and Pension Credit in the first week of December. The Department of Work and Pensions website has more information on the Christmas Bonus
Council Tax Benefit - If you are on a low income, you may be able to get help to pay your Council Tax bills. Find out more about Council Tax Benefit in our A to Z section
Community Care Grants - If you are getting Pension Credit and you need help to stay in, or return to your own home, you may be entitled to assistance with the cost of items for your home, clothing and travel costs. You do not have to pay the grant back. Find out more about Community Care Grants in our retired section
Housing Benefit - If you are on a low income, you may be entitled to help with your rent from your local council. Find out more about Housing Benefit in our retired section
Pension Credit - If you or your partner are aged 60 or over and are on a low income, you may be entitled to extra money each week on top of your pension. Find out more about Pension Credit
Social fund Crisis Loans - The Social Fund provides lump sum payments, grants and loans. Grants and loans from the Social Fund are discretionary and not for a standard amount. You may be able to get help from the Social Fund for important costs that are hard to pay for out of your regular income. Find out more about Social Fund Crisis Loans in our retired section


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Help after a bereavement

Bereavement benefits were introduced for men and women from 9 April 2001. This system will not affect women who were already getting benefits under the previous widows benefit scheme as long as they continue to qualify under the rules.

Bereavement Payment - If you're over State Pension age you will not usually be able to get Bereavement Benefit. But, if your husband or wife was not getting a category A State Pension you may be able to get a Bereavement Payment. To be eligible, your husband or wife must have paid enough National Insurance contributions while they were working. You may also be entitled to a Funeral Payment, or, if your spouse was a War pensioner you may be entitled to assistance from the Veterans Agency. Find out more about Bereavement Payment in our retired section
Funeral Payment - Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to a one-off payment to assist you with the cost of a loved one's funeral. Find out more about Funeral Payment in our retired section


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Help with health costs

Dental Care - you may be entitled to receive free NHS dental treatment. Find out more about free dental treatment on the Department of Health's website
Eye tests - If you are aged 60 or over, you can have free eye tests with the NHS. Find out more about eye tests on the Department of Health's website
Glasses and contact lenses - you may be able to get vouchers towards the cost of glasses and contact lenses. Find out more about glasses and contact lenses on the Department of Health's website
Hospital - If you are in hospital, there may be a change to any entitlements you are receiving. If you are receiving Pension Credit you may get help with the costs of travelling to and from hospital.
Prescriptions - If you are receiving Pension Credit you may get free NHS prescriptions. Find out more about prescriptions on the Department of Health's website


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Care homes

Pension Credit in a care home - If you move into a care home on a permanent basis, the amount of capital you can have before your Pension Credit entitlement is affected is higher than it would be in your own home. Find out more about capital limits in care homes in leaflet GL15 from the Department for Work and Pensions' resource centre
Temporary stays in a residential care or nursing home
- Your Social Services department can arrange a short stay in a residential care or nursing home if it will help you or someone who cares for you. Find out more about temporary stays in a care home in leaflet GL15 from the Department for Work and Pensions' resource centre.
Community Care Grant - If you need money to avoid going into a care home, or because you are leaving a care home you may be able to get a Community Care Grant. Find out more about community care grants on the Department for Work and Pensions' website


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Veterans

Medical treatments - in certain circumstances, help with medical treatments, hospital travelling expenses and nursing care is available to War Pensioners. Find out more about medical treatment for veterans on the Veterans Agency website
Other Allowances paid with War Disablement or War Widow's Pension - For a full list of other allowances paid with War Pension, visit the Veterans Agency website
War Disablement Pension (WDP) - This is a payment made to people who have been injured or disabled as a result of any service in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. Find out more about War Disablement Pension on the Veterans Agency website
War Widows/Widowers Pension - War Widow's Pension is a pension paid to widows or widowers and children of someone killed in the Armed Forces, or who dies later as a result of injury in the Armed Forces. Find out more about War Widows and Widowers Pension on the Veterans Agency website


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Visiting or living abroad

Coming from abroad - If you have just come to Great Britain, you may need to know about the benefits you can get. Even if you are a United Kingdom (UK) national, it is important to know that the rules for some benefits are different if you have just come to Great Britain from abroad. Find out more about coming to the UK from abroad on the Department for Work and Pensions website

Want to check which benefits you may be entitled to upon your return to the UK? Find out more about returning from abroad on the Department for Work and Pensions website

Going abroad - If you are planning on going abroad for short or long periods and want to know how the benefit you are claiming may be affected, check the name of the benefit(s) in our the A to Z listing

Living abroad - Details of different Social Security agreements with other countries. Find out more about Social Security agreements with other countries on the Department for Work and Pensions website. Or find out more about living overseas in our A to Z section.

Contacting The Pension Service from abroad - You can contact The Pension Service from abroad by email, fax or telephone.


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