As bills continue to rise, people are being reminded that they could qualify for financial assistance from the DWP. Brits are missing out on Universal Credit, which also acts as a gateway benefit to extra freebies that could save people thousands of pounds on their bills.
More than a million people are cut off from Universal Credit, according to figures from the DWP show, but that’s not the only thing they’re losing out on.
Universal Credit acts as a gateway benefit to 30 other benefits that could help people save thousands of pounds on their bills.
By not claiming Universal Credit, they could lose hundreds of pounds on energy bills.
Plus, claiming the benefit could also mean they are entitled to up to £10,000 to pay for a new boiler and council tax reduction.
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Meanwhile, MPs confirmed this week that the £20 Universal Credit hike will not be reinstated despite low-income Britons struggling as the UK faces a recession warning.
As the cost of living crisis cripples the nation’s finances, millions of people could benefit from additional help, and not just in the form of Universal Credit.
Some Universal Credit seekers are eligible for a free broadband facility from Openreach, which could save their household £92.
Universal Credit applicants may also be able to get grants – poverty charity Turn2Us has a tool on its website for people to check what grants are available in their area.
Universal Credit claimants may also be able to claim:
- Reduced council tax bills
- Capped water bills
- Reduced movements
- Reduced gym membership
- Free prescriptions
- £140 Warm Home rebate scheme on fuel bills
- £25 in cold weather payments
- Free dental care
- Eye tests and discount glasses
- Disabled Facilities Grant (up to £30,000) to make modifications to a home
- Homeowners can claim up to £10,000 to pay for a boiler
- Homeowners can get help paying for double glazing under the Green Homes Scheme
- Up to £300 in winter fuel payments
- Free wigs or cloth support provided by the NHS
- Free health travel expenses
- Help with housing costs
- Help with funeral expenses
- Bereavement support benefits
- Reduced court costs.
To find out more, people can go to Gov.uk.