What will I get on a benefit?
What WINZ gives you will depend on the kind of benefit you get, how much income you already have, and how high your living expenses are.
Most benefits involve WINZ paying you some money so that you can afford to cover your basic living expenses. Sometimes, instead of giving you the money, WINZ will pay it straight to the person/company you need to buy things from – for example paying the electricity company directly for your electricity bill. Sometimes they might only let you spend the money they give you at a particular place – for example giving you vouchers to spend at the supermarket, instead of giving you cash.
You can use this WINZ online tool to see what types of benefits and subsidies you may be eligible for or contact WINZ on 0800 559 009.