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Benefits and financial help

What are benefits?

Benefits are essential to the welfare of many people, so it is important that you take up your full entitlement. The arrangements for the majority of benefits are overseen by the Government, primarily through the Department for Work and Pensions. The main exception is payment for people who are eligible for help with housing costs, which are organised by district and borough councils.

If you have an assessment of your needs, one of the things you will be asked about is your finances.

West Sussex County Council doesn't provide benefits, but they may be able to give you information about some of the financial help that may be available to you.

You may also be considering the prospect of paying for care at home or residential or nursing home care and this can seem daunting. For most people it is the first experience of arranging and purchasing care services. Understanding both care and funding options is crucial to making an informed decision and choosing the right solution.

To help you do this you can contact Carewise West Sussex. It is your pathway to information and advice about paying for long-term care. It aims to help you make the right choice, at the right time, with the right funding solution.

Arranging and purchasing care services

Are you thinking about paying for care at home, residential or nursing home care? For many people it is their first experience of arranging and purchasing care services. Understanding your care and funding options is crucial to making an informed decision and choosing the right solution.

Find out more from Carewise West Sussex about the various options available.

Carers and disability benefits

If you are disabled you may be entitled to a range of benefits. If you are not sure what you are entitled to it is important to get the right advice from organisations that specialise in this area of work.

If you are caring for someone you may be entitled to either tax-free or taxable financial support.

Find out more and get the right advice on the Carers and disability benefits - GOV.UK website.

Housing benefits

If you have housing needs, financial support may be available to pay for the costs of housing, including Council Tax payments. Grants to have your home adapted to meet your physical disabilities are also available in certain circumstances. Find out more and get the right advice on the Benefits - GOV.UK website.

Pensioners

The County Council and the nine Citizens Advice Bureau in West Sussex are working together to make sure pensioners don't miss out on and claim their full entitlements. If you would like to talk to one of them, please phone your local office.

Other useful websites

  • Advicenow - information about the law and your rights.
  • Debt Advice Foundation - a charity offering free, impartial advice about debt.
  • Age UK - Free, confidential information and advice for people over 50, their families and carers.
  • HM Revenue and Customs - information on tax codes and credits, allowances, national savings and investments, and pensioners' issues.
  • Turn2us - helps people access the money available to them through welfare benefits, grants and other help.
Last reviewed: 27/03/2019

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