Claim the benefits you are entitled to

Benefits are not just for unemployed people – they can help anyone from pensioners, to carers, to those on a low income and more! Many families are entitled to benefits but don’t know it! And, sadly over a million low income pensioners are failing to collect their pension credit, and struggling without the extra help they are entitled to!

Financial help may be available for anyone in one or more of the following groups:

  • Those with dependent children, especially if you have a disabled child, a large family or you spend a lot on childcare.
  • Anyone who is out of work.
  • Anyone with an illness or disability.
  • Carers, guardians, pregnant women, recent parents, the widowed and the over 60s.
  • Those over 25 without children, working more than 30 hours a week and earning less than around £13,000 if single, or £18,000 in a couple.

As the rules are constantly changing, it’s well worth doing an annual check-up to see if you might be entitled to more financial support.

How to take a benefits check

There are some great tools to help you check whether you are entitled to benefits, including:

1. Benefits adviser tool on the Direct Gov website.

This checks a whole range of benefits including: Attendance Allowance, Bereavement Allowance, Bereavement Payment, Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Credit, Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Constant Attendance Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Guardian’s Allowance, Housing Benefit, Incapacity Benefit, Income Support, Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, Jobseekers Allowance, Maternity Allowance, Pension Credit, Second Adult Rebate, State Pension, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Sick Pay, War Widow’s or Widower’s Pension, Widowed Parents Allowance, Working Tax Credit.

2. Benefits checker on Money Saving Expert

This tool checks a whole range of benefits, including those listed above.

3. The Turn2us benefits checker.

The Turn2us Benefits Calculator does not work out eligibility to benefits for some groups of people because special rules apply and the estimates may not be correct. The include students, people aged under 18, people who are permanently in residential care, a nursing home or hospital. prisoners, people on strike, people who are not British or Irish citizens and UK nationals who live abroad. If you fall into one of these groups, you can use Turn2us Find an Adviser tool to find a local adviser who can advise you further on your particular circumstances.

4. Lichfield District Council’s online benefits calculator

Check if you are entitled to housing or council tax benefit using  this local tool, or call the team on 01543 308000 (Monday – Friday 8.45am – 5.15pm)

5. Help for pensioners

If you are a pensioner, you can also visit the Age UK website for advice and support, or contact their advisors to see what help you might be entitled to.