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Benefits - introduction

Learn about the benefits you can get and how they are paid. If you are not happy with a decision, find out what you can do and how you can appeal.

If you pay national insurance, find out which contributions pay for which benefits.

Check what benefits you can get

Get a quick idea of the benefits you can claim, including disability benefits and links to benefit calculators.

Payment of benefits and tax credits

Check how benefits and tax credits are paid - usually by direct credit transfer into bank, building society or Post Office card accounts. Find out about the Payment Exception Service if you can't use an account.

How volunteering affects your benefits - overview

What you should do if you're volunteering while you're on benefits.