Sharon Hodgson MP

Working hard for Washington and Sunderland West.

Benefits and Income

Benefits and income advice for constituents.

1. Benefits and help if on low income.

It is important to make sure that you are receiving all the financial support that you are entitled to.

To double-check your benefits entitlement, you can use:

the > 
Turn 2 Us benefits calculator (

or the > Entitled To benefits calculator (

Some benefits will mean that claimants may be eligible for any future support from the Government, so it is worth starting a claim as soon as possible.

Universal Credit

If you require help with claiming Universal Credit, you can contact the Help to Claim phone service on 0800 144 8444 (Monday – Friday 8am to 6pm).

Help filling in forms and appeals.

Should you require any specialist benefits advice, such as help with form filling or benefits appeals, you can > contact a local Social Welfare Advice organisation to request their support. (

Charitable Grants

Constituents can search for charitable grants using the > 
Turn 2 Us grants search tool. (
(NB - Most grant applications need to be made by a registered Voluntary and Community-based organisation.)

You can search for local charities who may be able to support your application by using the above link to
Advice Local. (

Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice provides informative > self-help resources on benefits. (

Gov UK advice

Generally, you can access the UK Government's advice on benefits using the website > UK Government Benefits advice. (

Disclaimer - While reasonable efforts have been made to supply credible organisations' websites, Sharon Hodgson is not responsible for their content and their use is entirely your own decision.

If you are able to provide any updated information on these resources, Please email: [email protected]

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