Benefits and work

Benefits for people who are starting or returning to work

It is important to get specialist advice if you are starting work to make sure that you do not miss out on extra help. Many people miss out on extra weekly income because they do not know they can claim.

Extra help when you start work

When you start working, there are a range of benefits you may be able to claim to help ease the transition from benefits to work.

If you have been claiming certain out of work benefits continuously for at least six months, you may be able to get four weeks' extra:

You will need to have claimed one of these benefits for the whole of the six-month period before starting work:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Severe Disablement Allowance.

You must expect the job to last for at least five weeks. Your benefit must have stopped because you have started work or increased your earnings from, or hours of, work.

You must tell the offices that pay these benefits and Greenwich Revenue and Benefits team within four weeks of starting work or increasing your hours. Payments should then be made automatically.

Low-income earners

If you are working but are on a low income, you may still be able to claim benefits to top up your earnings. The main ones are:

People with dependent children

If you have children under 20 you may be able to get:

If you pay childcare costs, you may get help towards these costs included as part of Working Tax Credit.

Adults aged 60 or over

People aged 60 or over can claim Working Tax Credit if they are on a low income and work for at least 16 hours a week.

Find out what other benefits adults aged 60 or over can claim

Looking for work or training?

If you are interested in work or training, Greenwich Local Labour and Business (GLLaB) provides information, advice and guidance on local job opportunities to unemployed Royal Greenwich residents and residents under threat of redundancy.

GLLaB also provides training and work experience schemes to help you gain the necessary qualifications and skills to get into work.

Find out more about GLLaB

Get a benefits check

Contact the Welfare Rights Team for more information or for details of other help you may be able to claim.

Contact Welfare Rights

Welfare Rights enquiry form

Public Advice Line: 020 8921 6375

Textphone number: 18001 020 8921 6375

Fax: 020 8921 2016

Welfare Rights Service,
The Woolwich Centre,
35 Wellington Street,
London SE18 6HQ

Contact Advice and Benefits

Advice and Benefits,
The Woolwich Centre,
35 Wellington Street,
London SE18 6HQ

020 8921 4900

020 8921 2016

Contact GLLaB

The Old Library,
Calderwood Street,
Woolwich SE18 6QW

020 8921 2440