Lancashire County Council's Welfare Rights Service provides free, independent and confidential advice and representation on benefits and tax credits for people living in Lancashire. Whether you are unemployed, sick or disabled, retired, a carer or on low wages, we can:
We are not part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
You can make online claims or download claim forms for some benefits on the Directgov website and you will find useful information about benefits and tax credits. Check if you are entitled to tax credits, social security benefits or Pension Credit by using the calculators under Useful Links to the right. You can also ask us for a full benefit check. If you have income bonds (or similar) linked to a life assurance policy you should ask us for a Pension Credit check if the calculator says you are not entitled. We have also listed other useful websites where you can get information about benefits and debt problems.
If you can't find the information you need and want to speak to one of our advisers you can phone us on 0845 053 0013 Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. You can also write or email us for advice. See Frequently asked questions for more information about how to contact us and the service we provide.
We can provide you with advice or help with an appeal.
We cannot advise on debt but there are other organisations who can help.