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Increase Your Income

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There are several ways that you might be able to increase your income, including claiming benefits you may be entitled to, moving into employment or changing your job.


Benefits

Claiming the benefits and tax credits you are entitled to is one way to increase your income.

There are different forms of support available depending on your individual and family circumstances. For example, whether you are in work or out of work, are of working age or of pension age, have a disability, or if you have children or other caring responsibilities. 

It is important that people receive the support they are entitled to, so it’s worth checking you are claiming what you can.

Benefits Calculator

A benefits calculator can be a good way of checking you are claiming everything you should be.

The following are free to use, and completely anonymous:

  • entitledto - for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, council tax reduction, carer’s allowance, Universal Credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start work.
  • Turn2us - for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, council tax reduction, carer’s allowance, Universal Credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start work or change your working hours.
  • Policy in Practice - for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, council tax reduction, carer’s allowance, Universal Credit, how these are calculated and how your benefits will be affected if you start work or change your working hours.

Before you get started, it’s a good idea to make sure you know:

  • Your total income from any earnings you have
  • What your rent is
  • Your council tax band
  • The cost of your childcare.

 

Derby Advice Welfare Team

The Welfare Rights team provide free, confidential and independent advice on welfare benefits for all Derby residents, including:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Universal Credit.

Support can also be provided for any residents who appeal decisions and need representation at tribunals.

Email: derby.advice@derbyhomes.org or call 01332 643394.

 

Jobs and Skills

Moving into employment, changing your job, taking part in training and developing your skills could help you increase your income.

  • Derby Jobs Weekly is a newsletter designed for people who are looking for employment. It presents a snapshot of key employment opportunities available to apply for, in and around the Derby area.
  • The Derby Employment Hub has been set up to provide one-to-one personal coaching support and advice, to help unemployed people get into work.
  • Volunteering can be a great way to develop your skills and experience. If you are interested in volunteering, the Volunteer Centre at Community Action can help. Call 01332 342272 or email volunteer@communityactionderby.org.uk
  • The Derby Adult Learning Service offers learning opportunities for adults including employability and vocational skills courses.
  • Community Action has a Jobs page on the website, which contains current vacancies at Community Action, as well as jobs in other local voluntary and community organisations.
  • Derby City Council also has a Job Vacancies page on their website, containing roles available at the Council.