Employment and Benefits

If you’re out of work or on a low income you can apply for Universal Credit which will help you out financially while you’re looking for work. There is a limit to how much you can receive and the amount you get will vary depending on your circumstances such as age, income, dependents and savings.

If you’re out of work, and have not reached your State Pension age, you may be eligible for Universal Credit.
Universal Credit has replaced:
• Job Seekers Allowance
• Employment Support Allowance
• Income Support
• Child Tax Credit
• Working Tax Credit
• Housing Benefit

You can find more information here https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

For further assistance with any of the above, please get in touch with us.

Apply for Universal Credit
If you’re out of work, and have not reached your State Pension age, you may be eligible for Universal Credit.

Universal Credit has replaced:
• Job Seekers Allowance
• Employment Support Allowance
• Income Support
• Child Tax Credit
• Working Tax Credit
• Housing Benefit

You may have been entitled to a combination of these benefits previously, which are now paid as one single monthly payment of Universal Credit. People who are still claiming the benefits above, will soon be asked to change to Universal Credit. Many people who are in work, find themselves better off on Universal Credit.

Universal Credit is claimed on line, and you will need to log into your online account regularly to speak to your advisor, and keep track of your payments. If you will struggle to adjust to a monthly payment, you can ask your advisor for an ‘Advance’ payment.
You can claim Universal Credit if you or your partner are working and have a low income. You may also be able to claim for help with childcare costs.

You will be encouraged to look for work unless you are deemed to have ‘Limited Capability to Work’ due to ill health. You will be asked to fill in some forms about this and attend an assessment.

If you have worked recently, you may be entitled to ‘New Style JSA, or ESA if you are now unable to work. You can claim these temporarily, irrespective of any other household income. You may also be able to claim Universal credit alongside these benefits if you need help with housing costs, or have children.

As the benefit system can be complicated, you are always best to complete a benefit calculator such as Better Off Stockport for a more personalised summary of what you may be entitled to.

If you are eligible for Universal Credit, you may also get help to pay your Council Tax. This should be claimed directly through the Stockport Council website. Again the Better Off Stockport website can tell you whether you would be eligible for Council Tax Support, and how to claim.

If you have a disability or long term health condition, you may also be entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). If eligible, you can receive this regardless of any other income.

Many people with disabilities find it beneficial to work, their earnings will not affect PIP and the payment can help towards the additional costs of travel or assistance with daily activities. They may also be eligible for an Access to Work grant, for help with equipment or specialist support to enable them to work.

Application form support

One of the ways to get support and learn new skills is through the Learn My Way website.

Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world. Here is the link to the website:


Some of the subjects that you will find on the website are below – and they are all free to access:

Applying for jobs online

You can use the learn my way website to apply for jobs online. The link to applying for jobs is here: https://www.learnmyway.com/courses/job-hunting-online/

In this course you will learn how to search for jobs online. The course will cover how to find and apply for jobs online, using the Find a job website as an example.

You’ll learn about what should be in your CV, and how to upload a CV so that you can apply for jobs. It also covers how to register for email updates to stay up-to-date with the latest job adverts. Job hunting online can save you time and open up many more opportunities.

Some of the topics covered are:
– Where you can search for jobs
– How to search online
– Getting your CV out there
– How to create an account with a jobsite online

The tutorials take you through how to use the websites to search for the right job in the right area and then upload your CV to the right place.

Creating a CV

Here is the link to Better Off Stockport : https://stockport.betteroff.org.uk/#/home

BetterOff is a service for people who live in Stockport. BetterOff will show you the benefits you are entitled to and will help you to apply for them online. BetterOff also provides information on how to find and apply for jobs.

There is lots of help on the Better Off Stockport website that doesn’t just cover jobs but other subjects too. The page for jobs and CVs look like this:

When you look at CV’s – the basics you will find out that your CV and covering letter is your chance to show an employer the best of what you’ve got to offer.
It’s about selling your skills and experience, and showing them you’re the right person for the job.
How you write your CV and covering letter is up to you, but there are some basic rules to follow if you want to give the best impression.
Don’t be worried if this is the first CV you have written – check out our tips on CV writing for help on how to create a professional CV that will help you stand out from the crowd and get you the interviews you want.
The National Careers Service have some great advice on what to include when writing your CV: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/get-a-job/cv-sections
There are lots of tips and hints on how to write CV’s here too.


On the Better Off Stockport website there is lots of information about interviews, what to do, what to say what types of interview there are. The website says:

If you’ve never had a job interview before, or you’re going for your first in a while, you might feel a little nervous. An interview is your opportunity to share much more about yourself than you can on your CV. It’s a chance for you to show off your personality and tells an employer whether you’d fit in with their team.

Under the Interviews section on this website: https://stockport.betteroff.org.uk/#/jobsearch/help you will find lots of information about:

• Interview basics
• Preparing for interviews
• How to combat interview nerves
• Interview do’s and don’ts
• Practice interview questions
• Strange interview questions
• What to wear at interviews

Pure Innovations for people with disabilities


About Pure Innovations

In 1987 Employment Services was a part of Stockport Borough Council, providing employment opportunities and day care for people with a Learning Disability.

In 2005 we left the Local Authority and set up the charity Pure Innovations, continuing our vision to support a diverse range of people to live independent, healthy and valued lives in their communities.
Today, we continue with our aim of supporting people to have a fulfilled life, with a sense of purpose and belonging.
This can mean different things to different people and so Pure Innovations strives to provide a wide and varied offer, ranging from employment, volunteering and independent life skills to pursuing a variety of hobbies and interests.
Some of the things that Pure can offer are:

Supported Internships


Supported Internships support young people to progress into sustainable paid employment. They are the perfect bridge between education and employment.
Our Supported Internships are employment-based courses giving students with special educational needs and disabilities the opportunity to develop employability skills. They are based in real work places and involve working alongside other working people.
The Internship prepares you for employment, builds your confidence and abilities, and helps you gain independence. For example, you can receive Travel Training before the course starts, so that you can learn to travel to and from work on your own, if you were unable to do so already.
The Internships are a partnership between a host employer for instance a hospital or council; a college providing on-site tuition and our own specialist employment team at Pure.
Each Intern receives a support plan tailored to their needs. Their skills are matched to job roles within the employer’s organisation, such as clerical, catering or portering. It follows the academic year with a maximum of three different work placements.

Work Experience

We support young people with a disability or statement of educational need to start thinking about what they want to do in the future.
We aim to raise young people’s aspirations by getting quality work experience placements allowing young people to learn about work and help them make choices when they think about their plans after leaving school.

Supported Employment

A Supported Employment service for adults aged 18+. We can help if you have, or fall under any of the following:
• Learning disabilities
• Mental health issues
• Autism
• Aspergers
• Young people in care
• Young people with additional needs / learning difficulties
Our experienced employment team offer a bespoke service to both the client.
Together we:
• work together to identify the best job for you
• prepare a CV
• look for the right job
• show off your skills at a working interview
• support you to learn your new job
• keep in touch if you have any problems
• Provide monitoring support in work
We can also help if you are worried about losing your job.


You’ve taken the first step to do something good in your community. On Do-it you’ll find tons of things to do from our million plus volunteering opportunities, and you can get some inspiration from our news and campaigns about people and organisations doing amazing things.
Once you start volunteering you can log your hours to create your own Volunteering CV which you can share with recruiters. Your Volunteering CV can show how much time you’ve given which can be verified by the organisation you helped – a great way to impress your boss or to help you get a new job!

Why am I doing this?

You probably already know that volunteering is a fantastic way to support community causes, whilst also expanding your own skills and experiences. Did you know that over 80% of prospective employers like applicants to have some voluntary work on their CV?

What’s in it for me?

As well as the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from doing something good, you’ll also benefit from experiencing new things, get new skills for your CV, plus the opportunity to meet new people – basically the list is endless.

What do I want to do?

There are thousands of things you can volunteer for so think about your interests, what cause or issue you want to support, how much time you can give and what you hope to gain from the experience

Short Courses in English, Maths, Computer Classes

Think Employment Stockport

Are you looking for a job or a career change? Give your CV a boost with some new qualifications. As well as free training, they’ll help you find local jobs and apply for them.

There are restrictions for these courses – you have to be aged 19+ and you have to have lived in the EU for 3+ years.

Juniper Training


Study programme
Mint is a free course for young people aged 16-18 (16-24 with learning difficulties/disabilities) to support them in gaining the skills and qualifications they need to progress into apprenticeships, jobs with training or further education

Traineeships prepare young people for employment, so that they are able to progress successfully to apprenticeships and other sustainable jobs.

Our Apprenticeship programmes are not just for anyone. They are for people who have a passion for learning and are determined to succeed.

If English is not your first language you can find courses in English here:

English My Way


English My Way is a 24 week blended learning programme focused on supporting adults who have low English language skills, or none at all, to become a part of their local communities.
The English My Way syllabus is:
• Designed to help learners develop skills and confidence in reading, writing, listening and speaking English. These learners may also have literacy issues in their own language.
• Flexible: you can run all sessions over a shorter period of time if you need to.
• Blended: the programme is designed to be delivered through a mix of tutor-led sessions, online learning and volunteer group activity.
English My Way Centres
The English My Way site, content and resources is freely available to all organisations who are working with learners with no or low levels of English. Know someone who would benefit from this course? Call 0800 77 1234 to find a centre near you or contact the centres directly using the contact details below.
There are no centres in Stockport but there are centres in Rochdale, Oldham, Salford, Bury and several in Manchester

Stockport Jobsmatch

Stockport Jobs Match is Stockport’s one stop service for people who are looking for work during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. In partnership with Stockport Council, we have set-up a central portal to help individuals access available jobs quickly by applying for work in one place. https://stockport-jobsmatch.co.uk 


Stockport Homes - Skills For Life videos

Stockport Homes employment service can provide help with CV and interview preparation, searching for jobs, finding work experience and apprenticeships , becoming self-employed and much more

You can find out more about their service here


They have also produced a series of useful videos about skills and work

Video interviews

Looking for work after lockdown

Preparing for interview

Interview techniques

Transferable Skills

Communication skills

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