A payment if you’re in severe financial hardship and can’t get other income support from us.
- in severe financial hardship for reasons beyond your control
- unable to earn enough to support yourself and your family
- unable to get another income support payment
In this section
Eligibility & payment rates
You need to meet eligibility requirements to get Special Benefit, and how much you'll get.
Check if you're eligible before you start your claim. You may be able to claim Special Benefit if you’re in severe hardship.
Managing your payment
Your options and obligations for Special Benefit.
Tools, information and other services we offer.
We have other payments, services and subjects to help you with Special Benefit.