Benefits you may be able to claim

Starting work

Whether you are starting work or in work, there are a number of benefits that may be available to support you and your family.  

Extended Payment of Housing Benefit 

An Extended Payment of Housing Benefit is an extra four weeks Housing Benefit you might get when starting work, working more hours or earning more money.  
 
You may also get some Housing Benefit after the four weeks, depending on your circumstances and if your earnings are low. 

You do not have to claim the extension; if you’re eligible we will automatically give you the extension when you tell us about your change in circumstances. 

If you are registered at Workplace, your benefits adviser there can update your Housing Benefit claim when you start work.  

Find out more about Housing Benefit on the gov.uk website.

Extended Reduction 

Extended Reduction is an extra four weeks of Council Tax Reduction you might get when starting work, working more hours or earning more money. You may also get some Council Tax Reduction after the four weeks, depending on your circumstances and if your earnings are low. 

You don’t have to claim the Extended Reduction; if you are eligible we will automatically give you the extension when you tell us about your change in circumstances. 

If you are registered at Workplace, your benefits adviser there can update your Council Tax Reduction claim when you start work.  

Mortgage Interest Run On 

Mortgage Interest Run On is an extra four weeks of housing costs you might get when starting work, working more hours or earning more money. 

You don’t have to claim, if you are eligible Jobcentre Plus will automatically give you the run on when you tell them about your change in circumstances.

Find out if you’re eligible for Mortgage Interest Run On from the gov.uk website   

New Enterprise Allowance 

New Enterprise Allowance is a weekly allowance that you may be able to get for 26 weeks if you can show that you have a business idea that might work and you have been on certain benefits. You may also be able be able to access a loan to help with your business start-up costs 

The gov.uk website has lots of information and support for moving from benefits to work, including the New Enterprise Allowance.