Money, grants and benefits

There is information below about the benefits that may be available to help your family, about places you can find advice about money, and organisations who offer grants to people in need.


Use the Benefits Calculator to see what you can claim. You can find it by clicking here.

You can find out about housing benefit and council tax support in Stoke-on-Trent by clicking here.

There is a guide to the benefits you may be able to claim at the Contact website. You can visit it here.

There is information about benefits that you may be eligible for, including Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Carer’s Allowance

If you would like some help filling in the application forms, here are some people who can help you. Find information to help with filling in the DLA form for your child by clicking here

There is some detailed help to fill in your Child DLA form from Contact – you can read it by clicking here.


You can apply to become an appointee for someone who may need help with claiming benefit because they need support managing their own affairs.

There is more information about when this might be suitable on the Scope website. You can find out how to apply to do this on the government website.


You can find the details of places to save money on food shopping by clicking here.

You can find out about Free School Meals by clicking here

Advice about money

You can find information about cost of living support available in Stoke-on-Trent by clicking here: Access cost of living support you’re entitled to | Supporting our city | Stoke-on-Trent

Welcoming Spaces

A Welcoming Space is a place of connection already established in the community (such as a community centre, library or place of faith), where people can meet up, socialise, and access support, relating to the cost of living. Services available at each Welcoming Space will vary but may include:

  • access to support about money, welfare, and mental wellbeing
  • community activities
  • access to computers, free Wi-Fi and charging points
  • heated space

You can find your closest Welcoming Space by clicking here.


A grant is help given to people in need. A grant can be given as money, products or services that don’t have to be paid back.

These organisations can help you find grants that you may be able to apply for.

Support - grants – SEND Local Offer (