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In work - on a low income

If you are in work but on a low income, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you.

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To check what benefits you might be entitled to quickly and easily, you can use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator.

Turn2us Benefits Calculator

To read more about the benefits available for people who are in work but on a low income, select from the list below:

Working Tax Credit - if you are 16 or over (in some circumstances you must be 25) employed or self-employed and work a certain number of hours a week and are on a low income. However this is gradually being replaced by Universal Credit.  Our guide on Working Tax Credit has information on who can still get it.

Self-employment and benefits - If you or your partner are working, or thinking of starting work, as a self-employed person you might qualify for benefits to top up your income. The benefits you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances (your age, the number of hours you work and how much you earn).

If you are working less than 16 hours a week you may be able to claim Jobseeker's Allowance.

Universal Credit is gradually replacing Working Tax Credit and Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance.  Find out more from our Universal Credit guide.

You may also be eligible for help with housing costs.

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To find out what help may be available from grant giving charities, you can use the Turn2us Grants Search

Turn2us Grants Search

If you looking for help with Electricity, Water or Gas bills please use this link - -  to search and it will bring up a list of companies that may be able to help.

Advice and Support

Turn2us is unable to offer advice on individual situations. To find an adviser in your area to discuss your situation with you can use the Turn2us Find an Adviser tool

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Useful tools

HMRC complaints

Use the online form to complain about not being paid the National Minimum Wage, employment agencies, gangmasters or working hours.

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