Universal Credit to PIP: 11 DWP benefits if you’re struggling with the cost of living

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Some £15billion is ‘lost’ in unclaimed benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) every year. In total there are 11 DWP benefits cash-strapped Britons may be able to claim.

And, it’s not just Universal Credit people could be missing out on – Britons could also be eligible for Pension Credit or Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

What are the 11 DWP benefits someone could claim?

  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Attendance Allowance

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Pension Credit is the most under-claimed benefit according to researchers at charity entitledto.

More than a million pensioners are missing out on this financial help which could see them a lot better off.

However, it’s not the only under-claimed benefit – nearly one million people are missing out on Working Tax Credits.

Thousands more are not claiming Universal Credit and Carer’s Allowance.

To check eligibility for state benefits, people are being encouraged to pop their details into a benefits calculator like the one on the Entitled to website.

It asks for the claimant’s age, employment details, whether they have children and if they are already claiming benefits.

It could also ask whether people have caring responsibilities depending on which benefits they intend to claim.

These tools are free and easy to use.

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People who qualify for one of these 11 state benefits might also qualify a number of forms of support.

Reduced council tax bills, capped water bills, free or cheaper broadband, and cheap BT phone calls can help Britons within the home.

Similarly, the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments can be particularly useful in colder months.

For travel, individuals could get half price bus journeys and discount rail fares, alongside free school transport if needed for children.

To keep a healthy lifestyle, claimants could get free or discounted gym membership, free prescriptions, free dental treatment, eye tests and discounted glasses. Free health travel costs may also be available.

Families could benefit from free school meals, discounted childcare costs, £150 towards school uniforms in certain circumstances, as well as food vouchers for kids and a maternity grant of up to £1,000.

Other forms of support include:

  • Help with new job costs
  • £1,200 free cash as part of the Government’s Help to Save scheme
  • Disabled Facilities Grant (up to £30,000) to make changes to a home
  • Homeowners can apply for up to £10,000 to pay for a boiler
  • Homeowners can get help to pay for double glazing as part of the Green Homes Scheme
  • Help with housing costs
  • Help with funeral costs and bereavement support payments
  • Reduced court fees.

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