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Are you missing out on benefits you are fully entitled to? Every year billions of pounds worth of benefits go unclaimed in the UK so it is well worth keeping a track of your entitlements.
What Benefits am I entitled to?
Benefits are paid by the government to people who are unable to work or have a low income. Claiming benefits can provide extra money for essential living costs such as food, clothing and housing if:
- You're out of work
- You've got children
- You have a low income
- You are ill or disabled
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If you’re struggling financially it’s important to make sure you’re getting all the income you’re entitled to. A benefits calculator can quickly and easily identify any benefits you can claim to help increase your income and improve your situation. A comprehensive online benefits calculator and grant checker from financial support charity TURN2US can be found here.
The calculator has been updated in line with the latest announcement from the government in response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you find the whole process daunting, then please contact Racing Welfare and speak to a Welfare Officer for further advice and support.
COVID-19 and Benefits
Covid 19 has drastically changed our lifestyles and the way we live and work. Acknowledging these difficult times cause stress, anxiety, sadness and fear in many people. While our primary concerns are our health, many of us face financial pressures with lower incomes and no time scale of when they could return. Racing Welfare are working hard to support everyone in racing and help minimise the impact of Covid-19.
Looking at benefits you may be entitled to if you're unemployed, been made redundant, off work due to sickness, or on a low income, you could be eligible for universal credit, a means-tested benefit to help you meet your basic living costs. You could work for an employer, be self-employed, have been recently furloughed or made redundant, or have had a reduction in wages, and still apply. (Warning – Claiming Universal Credit may mean you lose other benefits you currently receive, such as Tax Credits). Seek advice before you apply.
To see what benefits you may be eligible for check the Entitledto benefits calculator.
Claiming Universal Credit due to Covid-19
If you or your partner are now returning to work or have found new employment you need to inform the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP). You can do this by updating the details in your online Universal Credit journal. If you have been affected financially by Covid-19 and need immediate financial assistance Racing Welfare have introduced Covid-19 Emergency Grants.
Our friendly Welfare Officers can help to answer your questions or queries. Feeling confused or need to talk to someone? If you work in the racing industry do not hestitate to contact us:
- call us on 0800 6300 443
- chat to us online using our live chat service
- text us on 07860 079 043
- send us your questions or queries
Benefits advice is free and fully confidential.