Benefits Information Exchange Network (BIEN) Brighton is based at the Cowley Club, London Road, Brighton. And meets every Tuesday, 1pm-3pm. Running at the same time as the Mutual Aid Vegan Foodbank.

If you plan to come to the Cowley Club Tuesdays, please wear face masks inside the building, use hand sanitiser, and remain 2M apart from others. Thank you.

Read about LHA here. –

Some useful resources for those in the Brighton and Hove region:

COVID-19 specific

Straightforward advice

Advice Local –

Mutual Aid social media groups –

Council updates –

Registering someone as extremely vulnerable –

Ageing Well Brighton support –

Complex advice

Rightsnet news and caselaw –

COVID-19 social welfare law updates – – Including, “Find help if you’re struggling because of coronavirus
For example, with paying bills, being out of work, or taking care of your mental health.”

Brighton and Hove Council Tax –

Mutual support across the UK –

Current UC rates:

Standard allowances Monthly ’19/’20Monthly ’20/’21
SingleUnder 25251.77342.72
 25 or over317.82409.89
CoupleBoth under 25395.20488.59
 One or both 25 or over498.89594.04
Only / eldest childborn before 6 April 2017277.08281.25
Other children 231.67235.83
Disabled childLower rate126.11128.25
 Higher rate392.08400.29
Limited capability for work 126.11128.25
Limited capability for work and work-related activity 336.20341.92
Carer 160.20162.92
Childcare costs Up to 85 per cent of costs with an upper limit per month for one child of646.35646.35
 and an upper limit per month for two or more children of1,108.041,108.04
Work allowances   
Higher work allowance 503.00512.00
Lower work allowance 287.00292.00

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