We are committed to tackling poverty and encouraging benefit take-up.

Are you eligible for benefits? 

Due to the complexity of the benefits system, inability to access relevant information, or difficulties associated with the process of claiming, significant numbers of people fail to claim the benefits to which they would be entitled and many billions of pounds worth of benefits remain unclaimed each year.

It is always better to make the effort to find out, rather than to do nothing and run the risk of being one of the people who continue to miss out.

For further information, please contact:

Types of benefits

Find out about the different types of benefits:

Other discounts

Find out about other discounts and exemptions:

Benefit cap rules

The cap on the maximum amount of benefit which can be paid to working age claimants is currently £350 for single claimants and £500 for couples and lone parents.

From Autumn 2016 the benefit cap will be set at £257.69 a week if you are a single person and 384.62 a week if you are a couple or have children.

Benefits included in the calculation

All benefits including child benefit and housing benefit are included. Disability benefits and anyone entitled to Working Tax Credit are not included in the calculation.

If your benefit entitlement exceeds the cap figure

If your benefit entitlement exceeds the cap figure the Housing Benefit element of your payment will be reduced and you will receive the reduced amount of benefits. Any shortfall in the amount allowed for Housing Benefit will need to be paid to your rent from your overall entitlement.

Contact Information

Benefits Section
John Dickie Street
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 554400