Luton Roma Trust can support you claiming the benefits that you are entitled to.
We can apply for housing benefits online. It takes about 2 hours.
First, to make your application, you will need to find your tenancy agreement. Collect all the information you have about yourself – where you previously lived, your earnings, etc.
Once the application has been made, we will give you a special reference number.
Take all your documents to the council along with your reference number. The council will make copies of your documents and write to you to let you know the result of your application.
Housing benefit has being replaced by Universal Credit. See more information on the governmental web page.
Whenever something changes in your circumstances – your income, birth of a new child, change of address etc., – you have to let the council know! Contact us if you need help with any of this.
We can help you apply for child benefit if you have the child’s birth certificate. Find more information on the governmental web page.
We can apply for tax credits for you if you are working. There are working tax credits and child tax credits. Once you are receiving tax credits you will usually be sent a medical exemption card. Take this to the chemist and the dentist so you don’t have to pay for your medications and treatment. Whenever something changes in your circumstances – your income, birth of a new child, change of address etc – you have to let everyone know!
There are other benefits available. For example, if you are pregnant (maternity allowance) or long term sick and no longer able to work (PIP etc).
To get a pension you need to prove that you have been living and working in the UK for a number of years.
When we are not sure of your rights we will make an appointment to go with you to Citizens Advice Luton to talk to an expert. They will tell us how best we can help you. If you are struggling to pay for the food for your family, Luton Food Bank may be able to help a few times a year until your problems are resolved. The food is only for people who have a real crisis.