Benefits advice

Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to certain benefits and allowances.

Ensure you are receiving your full benefit entitlements by:

  • visiting the benefit information centre at your court
  • speaking to one of our financial well-being managers who provide financial checks and benefit advice
  • talking to your court managers who are trained to give benefit advice

For more information download our welfare benefits leaflet.

For a detailed questionnaire to help you or your family with a wider range of benefits and tax credits visit Directgov.

Our leaflet 'Benefit changes, are you ready?’ has more information on the changes the government introduced to the benefit system in April 2013 as part of the Welfare Reform Act.

Benefits and allowances

Pension credit

If your income is below the minimum level set by the government you may be entitled to a Pension Credit Guarantee Credit. If you are entitled to this payment, you will automatically have entitlement to Housing and Council Tax Benefit.

You may also be entitled to some Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, if you are receiving Attendance Allowance or are caring for someone who is, even if your income is above the minimum level.

Attendance allowance

You may be eligible for this allowance if you are 65 or over and have any health problems that affect you significantly in your everyday life.

Disability living allowance

You may be eligible for this allowance if you are aged less than 65 and have any health problems or mobility difficulties that affect you significantly in your everyday life.

Housing benefit

Depending on your income and savings, you may be entitled to help with your rent. Please contact your local authority for further information and advice.

Local Authority

Phone number

Website

Ashford Borough Council

01233 331111

www.ashford.gov.uk  

Canterbury City Council

01227 862 000

www.canterbury.gov.uk  

Dartford Borough Council

01322 343434

www.dartford.gov.uk   

Dover District Council

01304 821199

www.dover.gov.uk  

Maidstone Borough Council

01622 602000

www.maidstone.gov.uk  

Sevenoaks District Council

01732 227000

www.sevenoaks.gov.uk  

Shepway District Council

01303 853000

www.shepway.gov.uk  

Swale Borough Council

01795 417850

www.swale.gov.uk   

Thanet District Council

01843 577000

www.thanet.gov.uk  

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council

01732 844522

www.tmbc.gov.uk