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Our benefits coverage

In our relentless effort to put more money into the pockets of vulnerable customers, we are proud to offer the widest benefits coverage available in the market.

While most of the benefits calculators include means-tested, contribution and non-contribution; we also cover passported benefits, benefits for energy bills and social tariffs. Adding these additional benefits is especially important for the most vulnerable segments (e.g. low-income families, disabled or elderly people) as they increase their income by up to £1,900/year.

Now, Let’s dive into the main characteristics of these types of benefits and the list of benefits we currently cover.

Means-tested benefits

Mean-tested benefits are payments available to households whose income and capital (their ‘means’) are below the amount the government estimates that they need to live on (their ‘needs’).

We cover the following means-tested benefits:

  • Universal credits;
  • Pension credit;
  • Housing benefits;
  • Council tax reduction and Rates relief;
  • Child tax credit;
  • Income-based JSA and Income-based ESA;
  • Income support and Working tax credit.

Contribution benefits

Contribution benefits are available to help people who have paid enough national insurance contributions over a certain period of time. We cover the following contribution benefits:

  • Job seekers allowance (JSA); and
  • Employment support allowance (ESA).

Non-contribution benefits

Non-contribution benefits are payments available to households with special circumstances or to help with the extra costs of having a disability or caring for someone with a disability. Households qualify if they meet the eligibility criteria regardless of their income or capital.

We cover the following non-contribution benefits:

  • Child benefits;
  • Council tax discount;
  • Disability living allowance and Personal independence payment;
  • Scottish child disability payment and Adult disability payment;
  • Attendance allowance; and
  • Carers allowance.

Passported benefits

Passported benefits are benefits or grants that some people are entitled to because of their entitlement to means-tested benefits. Passported benefits are a powerful tool to provide extra support to groups that are especially vulnerable such as low-income families with children or older adults.

We cover the following passported benefits:

  • Free School meals and School clothing costs;
  • Sure start grant and Healthy start;
  • Support for mortgage interest loan;
  • Discretionary housing payment;
  • Help to save;
  • Funeral support payment.

We also cover the following passported benefits in Scotland:

  • Scottish child payment and Kinship care allowance;
  • Best start grant and Best start food;
  • Education maintenance allowance;
  • Caring allowance supplement;
  • Job start payment; and
  • Scottish welfare fund.

Benefits for energy bills and social tariffs

Benefits for energy bills are government-regulated grants that help vulnerable households to pay for their energy bills; while social tariffs are cheaper or capped schemes offered by water, broadband and phone providers.

Benefits for energy bills and social tariffs are powerful tools to reduce households’ basic expenses, especially during the cost of living crisis. However, most people don’t realise these deals are available and it’s estimated that just 14% of the 5 million people who qualify are making use of these deals.

We cover the following benefits for energy bills and social tariffs:

  • Warm home discount and Winter fuel payment;
  • Child Winter Heating Assistance;
  • Water social tariff;
  • Broadband social tariff; and
  • Mobile social tariff.

Grants and council support schemes

We have integrated Integrating Lightning Reach’s grants engine into our benefits platform (you can read here the announcement), and our benefits engine also covers the following grants and council support schemes:

  • Grants: Teaching Staff Trust, Electrical Industries Charity, ABTA LifeLine, Racing Welfare, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Royal British Legion, Licensed Trade Charity, National Benevolent Charity, British Gas Energy Trust, BT, and Voxi by Vodafone.
  • Councils: Manchester City Council, Middlesbrough Council, Stockton-on-Tees, Borough Council, Durham County Council, Northumberland County Council, Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council, Sunderland City Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Darlington Borough Council, Gateshead Council, Tees Valley Combined Authority, and Lambeth Council.

Contact us to learn more about our benefits coverage and view our platform in action.