Funding Hub

Support for the self-employed, contractors, freelancers and gig economy

Universal Credit

You may be eligible for Universal Credit or the ‘new style’ Employment and Support Allowance (ESA); this support is for those who are self-employed and on a low income.

For more information on the scheme visit the Universal Credit webpage on the website.

Benefits calculators

You can use free to use independent benefit checking services to work out your benefit entitlements and how you can submit a claim. Please visit any one of these three providers to get started, you will need details of your savings, household income, details of current benefits, outgoing, details of dependents, disability and house hold information such as Council Tax.

Here are three benefit calculators:


For free impartial advice for Newham residents on budgeting, benefits and financial planning please visit Our Newham Money.

Employment Rights Hub

If you are having a problem at work, the Employment Rights Hub is here to provide advice and support in confidence; if your work or income has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak, it is important to be aware of your employment rights.

The employment rights you have depend on your employment status. It’s important to first work out your employment status so you can understand what rights you have. The team is on hand to support and guide you. They can be contacted on 020 3373 6494 or Email:

Upskill and Employment support

Our Newham Work are available to help with employment queries whatever your level of experience.

Contact the engagement team and they will provide or signpost you to the right information, advice and guidance.