State benefits, pensions and related manuals

We have some useful questions and answers and links to information from a variety of sources relating to state benefits, pensions and related manuals.  To make it easier to find we've put it all on this page.

Bereavement support payments

Bereavement Support Payment replaced Bereavement Allowance, Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Payment. The benefit is paid at one of two rates depending on whether the claimant is responsible for children.

Employment and Support Allowance

Read our top questions on Employment and Support Allowance.

HMRC manuals

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) produce a number of manuals for their staff. The guidance contained in these manuals is not comprehensive nor will it provide a definitive answer in every case.

State benefits

We have a long term, strategic partnership with Turn2Us, our flagship charity partner, to help more people build their financial resilience to life shocks.

Turn2Us provide a free, confidential and independent benefits calculator, helping people to find out which state benefits they may be entitled to. You can use the calculator on this page to see what help you could receive.

State benefit calculator

State pensions and calculators

GOV.UK calculators

New State Pension

The new State Pension replaced the basic State Pension in April 2016. Existing benefits will be protected.