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How to claim benefits

There are time limits for claiming benefits. Contact the appropriate office or organisation without delay.

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If you want to claim contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance

Go to your local Jobcentre Plus office. It is listed in the business numbers section of the phone book under 'Jobcentre Plus'.

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If you want to claim Statutory Sick Pay or Statutory Maternity Pay

Get in touch with your employer, or your local HM Revenue and Customs NI Contributions Office. It is listed in the business numbers section of the phone book.

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If you want to claim other UK benefits

Contact your local Jobcentre Plus office. For your nearest office, look for the display advert under 'Jobcentre Plus' in the business numbers section of the phone book.

State Pension can be claimed from The Pension Service. You can telephone The Pension Service on 0845 60 60 265.

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If you want to claim UK benefits when you are in another country outside the EEA

Contact the International Pension Centre.

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If you want to claim other countries' benefits

Contact the authorities in that country. See Addresses for enquiries about contributions and benefit.

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If you want to claim UK or other EEA countries' benefits when in another EEA country

Claim in the country you are in if you have worked in that country. Go to the authorities who run the insurance scheme there. Otherwise contact the International Pension Centre.