Benefits

You may be eligible for a range of benefits or financial help depending on your circumstances. Find out more below:

Support from Citizens Advice

You can get information and help by contacting your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) or Job Centre Plus:

Breakthrough

Breakthrough is part of the Building Better Opportunities Programme. It provides support for people across Coventry and Warwickshire to tackle the financial barriers they face to getting and keeping employment. It can help people build confidence, adapt to change and gain the skills they need to be ready for employment and to take an active role in their community. Each participant will have a dedicated money mentor to support them with their own personalised action plan and their progress through the programme.

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Use this free benefits calculator to check what you may be entitled to.

Debt advice

The following organisations offer free online debt advice:

Universal credit

Universal Credit is currently being rolled out across the UK, replacing Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit. By the end of 2018 the whole of Warwickshire will be using Universal Credit.

Welfare

The Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme helps the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis when they have no other means of help.

Help with household costs

Money Skills

Money Skills supports you to manage your money by providing practical tips and step by step guides. Small manageable changes can have a huge impact on finances. Set goals, budget, learn and save using the Money Skills website, download on Google Play or App Store.

£2 bus fare cap

From 1 January 2023, some bus companies have introduced a £2 fare cap on single tickets. The cap will remain in place until 31 March 2023. Government guidance on the bus fare cap explains bus companies that are taking part in the scheme, bus routes that are included in the £2 fare and bus routes that are not included in the £2 fare.

Money, Money, Maths

Coventry and Warwickshire CDA are running money awareness workshops across Warwickshire that will cover saving energy and the planet, shopping for less and balancing your budget. They are all FREE to anyone in Warwickshire who has the right to reside in the UK, is 19 or over and has less than level 2 in maths. The workshops are informal and friendly and will be delivered across the county in Rugby, Leamington, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Bedworth and Stratford.