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What benefits can you claim?

Billions of pounds of government benefits and allowances are going unclaimed every year.

One of the reasons is that many people don't realise they qualify for them.

Check if you're missing out

Benefits and other government support are not just for those who are out of work. Millions of households on low incomes are also losing out.

Each year the government releases data showing how much is going unclaimed.

The benefits experts at entitledto estimate that the most recent figures add up to more than £15 billion.

The government numbers don’t include Universal Credit, which replaced several other benefits and allowances. That means the actual amount could be even larger.

Types of benefit

Government support that's going unclaimed includes:

  • Child Benefit

  • Pension Credit

  • Council Tax Support

  • Universal Credit

You don’t need to be on a low income, or out of work, to be eligible for benefits – there are other types of support available too. For example, you may be able to claim a Council Tax discount if you live alone.

How to check if you’re eligible for benefits

If you think you might be missing out on some of these benefits, you can check using this free calculator:

Find out what you're entitled to

The calculator can help you feel more confident about your finances.

It’s an easy-to-use tool, which should only take 10 minutes to complete. You just enter details such as your income, dependent children and housing costs.

Remember, it's free to use and the details you give are anonymous. entitledto doesn't collect any personally identifiable information, unless you choose to submit it.

The calculator then gives an estimate of any benefits you might qualify for and how to apply for them.

This takes into account the measures brought in to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you’ve been working from home, you may also be able to claim tax relief on additional household costs which aren’t reimbursed by your employer.


Please note: the information in this article is correct as of 12 October 2021. We’ve made every effort to make sure it’s accurate and up-to-date, but please make your own checks before doing anything.