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New benefits tool launched to help more people through difficult times

October 14, 2013

A guest post from Turn2Us.

 

 

2013 has seen the start of some of the biggest ever changes to the welfare benefits system, affecting millions of people across the UK. This includes the introduction of: Universal Credit replacing six means-tested benefits for working age people; Personal Independence Payment replacing Disability Allowance; and a cap on how much money people can receive in benefits.

 

Our own research has found that nine out of ten people are worried about these changes, and we know that many people are confused about how their entitlements may be affected. At the same time as this huge benefits shake-up, the cost of food, energy and other everyday essentials has continued to rise, and many people have had their incomes frozen or reduced.

 

It’s more important than ever that people in need are aware of the financial support available to them, and we are working to help them access the funds that could make all the difference to their situation.

 

That’s why we’ve just launched our new online Benefits Calculator. It’s a free and easy-to-use tool that helps anyone to find out what welfare benefits they are entitled to, how much they should receive and how to make a claim. With welfare reform taking effect, and personal finances being increasingly stretched, the new calculator will help more people to check and access the support they may be entitled to.

 

The calculator includes an estimate for Universal Credit entitlement and how this compares to current benefit rates, to give people an idea of how their benefits may change when this new benefit rolls out nationally from next year. In addition, people can use the tool, which is mobile-friendly, to calculate their future benefit entitlement as their personal circumstances change. The calculator also links to our Grants Search tool to help people find other sources of financial help and support from charitable funds.

 

Anyone could experience financial hardship at any time in their lives, due to illness, job loss, caring for someone, and many other different circumstances. For example, Graham and his wife were living on a comfortable household income until Graham suffered a serious fall and broke both his legs, leaving him unable to run his business. He had to sell his company and his wife gave up her job to look after him.

 

Graham had never claimed benefits before so went to seek some advice and was recommended to try Turn2us. Using our service, Graham found he could claim Employment and Support Allowance because of his condition following the accident. He now receives £144 in ESA every fortnight, which he says has kept him ticking along and helped him to budget for the weeks ahead.

 

We hope our new tool will help even more people like Graham to boost their income and urge anyone who is struggling to check what they might be able to claim today.

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  1. October 14, 2013 7:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Through My Eyes.

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    October 16, 2013 5:43 pm

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