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How to check your benefits

Why check your benefits

Lots of us aren't getting the welfare benefits we're entitled to. Which means we have less money than we should.

Government figures from 2018 say that up to:

£3.5 billion of pension credit went unclaimed, meaning up to 1.3 million families are missing out on an average of £2,500 per year.
£4.2 billion of housing benefit went unclaimed, meaning up to 1.3 million families are missing out on an average of £3,000 per year.
£2.4 billion of income support and ESA went unclaimed, meaning up to 500,000 families are missing out on an average of £4,500 per year.

  • Checking your benefits

    If you’re not sure what benefits you're entitled to, there’s help at hand with the benefits calculator from Turn2Us. It doesn’t cover all benefits, or every possible situation, but it’ll help you estimate if you’re entitled to means-tested benefits. And it’ll indicate if you’re entitled to other, non-means-tested benefits.

    You'll need to have documents like wage slips, bank statements and bills to hand to help you fill out the details. And the process can take a bit of time but it's usually worth the effort, so stick with it.
  • Learn about available benefits

    As the calculator doesn’t cover all benefits it's a good idea to do some reading before you do your benefits check. The Money Advice Service has helpful information which you can use to find out more about income that might be available to you.

TIP: Using the benefits check can take some time but it's worth doing so stick with it.

More support

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  • Debt

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