Cost of Living

Maximising your income

Some benefits, such as Pension Credit, which is a means tested benefit for pensioners on low incomes, often go unclaimed by the 800,000 people nationally who are eligible. There are various useful benefits calculator tools available from independent websites including:

Before you get started, it’s a good idea to make sure you know:

  • Your total income from any earnings you have
  • What your rent is
  • Your council tax band
  • The cost of your childcare.

Mansfield District Council tenants facing financial difficulties can speak to our Financial Inclusion Officers for guidance and support. Call the main number in the first instance on 01623 463463 or email

Those on certain benefits or who live alone or have a disability may also qualify for a reduction in their council tax. In addition there is a discretionary scheme for reductions in council tax. See our Council Tax pages for more details.