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.

This content applies to England

Link to GOV.UK website online guide to the main benefits available to those aged 18 and over.

Information on national insurance contributions including classes of contributions, contribution conditions for benefits and how to get a national insurance number.

Payment of benefits and tax credits by direct credit transfer into bank and building society accounts or Post Office card accounts.