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Power cut at Canning Town Library Canning Town Library has been affected by a power cut in the local area and is currently closed - we will extend book return due dates by one week in case you cannot return items at an alternative library.
Essential maintenance this weekend to our Council Tax & Housing Benefit system​Council Tax Account Balances and Housing Benefit information will be unavailable via MyNewham on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2017. Customers may find certain online forms will not function during this time. 

Customers can still make payments, but online account balances will not be updated until Monday 27 November 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.​

On a low income and unable to work

Support and benefits for people who are on a low income, looking for work or sick and unable to work.

Changes to benefits
Universal Credit is a new single monthly payment which merges together some of the benefits and tax credits that you might be getting now. The new benefit was introduced in Newham on 15 February.

Find out about Universal Credit

On a low income

Income Support

Income Support is a regular payment you may get if you:
  • have little or no income
  • are between 16 and Pension Credit age
  • do not sign on as looking for work because, for example, you are bringing up any young children (under five years old, but there are exceptions) alone or care for a disabled person.


Tax credits

Tax credits are, like benefits, payments from the government. If your income is not above a certain amount and you are:
  • bringing up any children, you may be able to get Child Tax Credit
  • working, you may be able to get Working Tax Credit 
  • bringing up any children and working, you may be able to get both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.


Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit can help to pay all or part of your rent. You may get this benefit if you are on a low income, whether you are working or not.

Council Tax Reduction

Council Tax Reduction scheme replaced Council Tax Benefit on 1 April 2013


Budgeting Loans

Budgeting loans are interest free loans from the DWP to help pay essential things like, rent furniture or clothes.



Community and Crisis Support Scheme loans

Community and Crisis Support Scheme loans can be issued for living expenses in an emergency or to help vulnerable people or families experiencing severe hardship.


Funeral Payment

You may be able to get a Funeral Payment if you are arranging a funeral and are on a low income.


Cold Weather Payment

Cold weather payment is a payment you may get if you are getting certain income-related benefits (such as Income Support) and it is exceptionally cold in Newham for some time:
You do not need to claim Cold Weather Payment. You should get it automatically if you qualify.
 


NHS Low Income Scheme

The NHS Low Income Scheme offers help with certain health costs including prescriptions, eye care, dental care and travel.
  

Looking for work 

Jobseeker’s Allowance

Jobseeker’s Allowance is a regular payment you may be able to get if you are looking for work and have no job or work less than 16 hours a week.


Support in finding work

If you have been living in Newham for a year or more, you may be able to get help and support from Workplace, a recruitment organisation that ensures local people benefit from local jobs. You can also search online for jobs using the Universal Jobmatch tool.
 
  

Sick and unable to work 

Statutory Sick Pay

Statutory Sick Pay may be paid regularly by your employer for up to 28 weeks if you are an employee and off work sick.


Employment and Support Allowance

Employment and Support Allowance is a regular payment you may be able to get if you are not working because you are sick or disabled. If you are able to work, it also provides support to help you get a suitable job and so be better off.


Incapacity Benefit

Incapacity Benefit has now been replaced by Employment and Support Allowance and you can no longer start a new claim.

More information on Incapacity Benefit
 
 


Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is a regular payment you may be able to get if you are sick or disabled because of something that happened in connection with your work.


NHS Low Income Scheme

NHS Low Income Scheme offers help with certain health costs including prescriptions, eye care, dental care and travel.
 
 

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