It is estimated that UK households are missing out on £15 billion a year of means-tested benefits. Even if you feel you can manage, you have a right to claim your benefit entitlements – sometimes claiming can also help you access other support.
You can check quickly and easily, using an online benefit calculator such as the one on the UDC website.
If you don’t have internet access, or need a little extra help, call our friendly advisers on 01799 618840 and they will carry out a benefit check for you.
- Are you off-grid?
Homes not connected to the gas grid may be eligible for a £200 Alternative Fuels Payment. If you have an electricity supplier, check your bank or energy account to see if you received the payment in February. If you’re on a prepayment meter, vouchers should have been sent by text, email or post. If you don’t have an electricity supplier or have not received the payment, you can apply now. But don’t delay! Applications close 31st May.
- Low-cost broadband
Ofcom figures show that just 5% of eligible families have signed up for ‘Social Tariffs’ – discounted packages for households on Universal Credit or other types of financial support. These offer superfast speeds for as little as £12 a month.
- Healthy start vouchers
Half of the eligible families in Uttlesford are missing out on vouchers for milk, vitamins and healthy food. These may be available to you if you are on a low income and are pregnant or have a child under the age of 4. Speak to your midwife or health visitor.
- Discounted Travel
If you’ve been claiming some income-related benefits for three months, you may be entitled to a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card, which can cut the cost of rail and bus fares by up to 50%. Ask at your local Jobcentre Plus.
- Utility Bills
Help with energy costs or grants to reduce the amount of energy you use are available if you are struggling to pay your bills. Contact our warm homes team for more information.