11 freebies and discounts you can get on Universal Credit and benefits worth up to £8.6k in April


THOUSANDS on Universal Credit and other benefits can bag 11 freebies and discounts in April.

There’s a range of help on offer, from free school meals to discounted NHS prescriptions and even grants if you’re pregnant.

Payments worth up to £8,649 in total

If you qualify for all the help, you could be in line for payments worth up to £8,649 in total.

Free or cheap broadband – £300

Households on certain benefits such as Universal Credit can save money on their broadband and mobile phones through social tariffs. Check providers on Ofcom's website or use HOAR’s tool.

Council tax – £2,065

Council Tax Support can help those on low incomes or benefits get money off their council tax bill. Find out more on the Government’s online tool.

Energy bill help – up to £750

Energy suppliers offer help through hardship funds worth up to £750. Contact your supplier or use Turn2Us' grants search tool for more information.

Pregnancy grant – £500

The Sure Start Maternity grant is a one-off payment worth £500 to help with the cost of having a child. Check eligibility criteria and how to claim.

Free childcare – £1,630

Claim Universal Credit and get help with childcare costs up to £1,630 for two or more children. Find out more about the changed rules.

Water bill help – £1,000

Water companies offer free water-saving devices and caps on bills for large families. Contact your supplier or check the SaveWaterSaveMoney website for more information.

Money for health costs – £112

People on certain benefits can get free NHS prescriptions. Find out more on the Government’s eligibility checker tool.

Cheap travel – £150

Universal Credit claimants can get 50% off bus and train fares with the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount. Check eligibility and more about the Flexible Support Fund in our guide.

Free school meals – up to £500

Claim free school meals for older children if you're on certain benefits such as Universal Credit. Find out how to apply and the potential savings.

Help to Save – £1,200

Get a 50% bonus on savings with the Help to Save scheme if you're on Universal Credit. Find out how to maximize your savings.

Healthy start – £442

New or expectant parents can get up to £442 worth of free food a year through the Healthy Start scheme. Check eligibility and how to apply.

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