Benefits and childcare

We know that the rising cost of living is having a real impact on many residents in our borough, so now might be a good time to check whether you are entitled to any welfare or benefits support.

Benefit awareness

If you are on a low income you could qualify for help towards rent and Council Tax through Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction.

We know this can be a worrying time. If you’re concerned about how you’re going to cope with your finances and what support might be available to you, just ask. We’re here to help and point you in the right direction.

For more information or to apply visit our benefits and grants page or phone 01942 489002

Pension Credit

Across Wigan Borough, it’s estimated that over 4,000 Wigan pensioners are eligible for Pension Credit but have not made a claim.

If you have reached state pension age or if you are a couple and you both have reached state pension age you may be eligible for pension credit.

If you’re not of pension age, we’d really appreciate your help in passing this message on to older family members and loved ones

Claiming is simple and the average Pension Credit claimant receives over £50 per week. People getting Pension Credit may be entitled to other benefits including help with Council Tax, housing costs and heating in colder months, so if you aren’t sure if you’re entitled, still apply! You can:

Council Tax support

We know that rising costs are putting increased pressure on everyone.

If you are falling behind or finding it difficult to make your payments for rents, council tax or business rates, we want to support you however we can, so start a conversation with us now rather than waiting until things get more difficult.

We promise you’ll be met with compassion and understanding - you might even be eligible for discounts and exemptions. Tell us if you are:

Household Support Fund

If you’re finding it difficult to afford food, energy, water bills or other essential items, our Household Support Fund might be able to help.

You don’t need to be in receipt of benefits to apply - this fund is to help households most in need.

This situation feels scary, but you can do something about it - just ask and we will help to point you in the right direction.

Managing childcare

Giving our children the best chance in life is something most parents can relate to. Managing the cost of childcare can be a challenge, but there are options available to help. If you can reduce your childcare bill you may be able to return to work or work more hours, which will allow you to save money and make extra money at the same time.

You might be eligible for tax-free childcare or even free childcare.

Other organisations here for you

You can get free, independent advice and information from a range of organisations that are here to help you:

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