Benefits & Welfare

There have been a number of changes to the UK benefit system over the last couple of years, including the introduction of Universal Credit and the Benefit Cap.

We appreciate that this can often be a confusing and worrying time for tenants and hope that the articles, guides and advice services provided below will help answer many of your questions.

This information will be update regularly as more information is released.

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The Get Involved Group at Possability People has been commissioned by Brighton and Hove City Council to find out about the physical and/or social care needs for adults under 70 with a physical, sensory, neurological impairments or illness.

This needs assessment is carried out to gain a better understanding of how well the physical and social care needs of adults under 70 are being met in the city and to highlight any gaps in the current provision. To help predict the future care needs of this group of people in the city and influence decisions about what types of care the council provides for them.

The survey can be accessed here:


Need help getting on-line?

Universal Credit claims are managed on-line.  If you need help and advice to get on-line or improve your computer skills there are plenty of places around the city offering FREE wifi and training.

For more details and to find your nearest centre, contact Digital Brighton & Hove:

Telephone:  07475 946 084




Welfare Reform and Benefit Changes

With so many changes to the benefit system it can often be difficult to find the right information and advice.  In this section you will find a selection of information guides alongside links to a variety of organisations that can help and guide you through the whole process.


A guide to the Benefit Cap and how it works


Information guide to welfare reform


A complete guide to Universal Credit


The latest updates and how they affect Brighton residents


Benefit calculators


Independent advice on benefits, debt and housing


Free and impartial financial advice


National charity helping people in financial hardship

Can’t find what you’re looking for?


Advice UK have compiled a summary of national advice services covering a whole range of topics      More Info

Advice Brighton & Hove also provide a local summary of services in our area   More Info

Tips & tools to help your money go further

Do you struggle to manage your money, don’t know how to budget and regularly run out of money before pay day?  In this section we have put together a selection of money saving ideas and tips.


Free budget planner


Advice on cutting costs


Top 10 Low cost home contents insurance providers


Need a bank account but have bad credit?

food partnership

Eating well on a budget


Quarterly magazine full of advice

Switching your supplier can often save you money.  These are the leading comparison sites


Community Centres

Throughout the city there are a large number of community centres providing a wide range of services.  Whether you’re looking for careers advice, free training courses, support groups, lunch clubs or simply a cup of tea and a chat.


 The Whitehawk Inn


Cornerstone Community Centre (Hove)


Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project


Hangleton & Knoll Community Centre