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Evidence to support your benefit claim

When you make a benefits claim, you may need to provide evidence from the list below to support your application. We'll tell you what you need to provide and how you can do this as you go through the form.

After you've made a claim, we'll contact you if we need to see any other evidence.

Documents we will accept as proof

  • passport
  • driving licence
  • birth or marriage certificate
  • recent gas, electricity or water bill
  • payslip or a letter from employer
  • recent bank or building society statement
  • UK residence card
  • National Insurance (NI) number (such as a NI card, payslip, tax or pension letter)
  • a current tenancy agreement or rent letter
  • proof of your earnings or self-employed income (unless you receive Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit)
  • details of any other income such as student loans, grants or pensions
  • proof of any benefits you get, for example an award notice or letter from the organisation that pays you the money
  • details of capital you have, for example, bank accounts, savings or investments
  • details of what you pay out, such as rent, pension contributions, childcare costs or maintenance payments