This chapter considers the benefits designed to meet the costs that are not met (or not expected to be met) out of the basic social security benefits. These extra-cost benefits include those which are designed to help meet the costs of housing and local taxes, and those which provide assistance with meeting special or exceptional needs. Before looking at each area, we consider some of the issues surrounding the balance of provision between paying money and meeting certain costs at source, and the appropriate means of meeting special needs. Although the Disability Living Allowance is designed to provide extra support for some disabled people, we considered it in the previous chapter rather than here because there is no link between the potential costs that Disability Living Allowance might be used to meet and its value. It is also only available to disabled people whereas the other benefits mentioned in this chapter are available to all types of claimant.
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