The DWP has launched a new online Benefit Checker tool
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new online benefit checking tool which allows people to input their details online and discover which benefits they are entitled to in a matter of minutes.
Here’s what you need to know.
Who are the DWP?
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is the UK Government Department responsible for welfare, pensions, and the distribution of benefits such as Universal Credit, Job Seeker’s Allowance, and Income Tax Credit.
The DWP is the UK’s second biggest Government department. Between the distribution of benefits and the management of the State Pension for people of pension age, the DWP has a pool of claimants and customers totalling around 20 million people.
Why have they released a new benefit checker tool?
The DWP announced recently that it was removing a range of what they refer to as ‘legacy benefits’ from their offering, and replacing them with new options. The list of legacy benefits includes:
– Child Tax Credit
– Housing Benefit
– Income Support
– Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
– Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
– Working Tax Credit
Given that its suite of benefits is changing, some people who qualify for the existing benefits may wonder whether they will automatically qualify for the new option, or whether they are eligible for any additional benefits.
To deal with queries like this, and to allow people an instant overview of their eligibility, the DWP has launched the Benefits Checker, a new online tool.
How does the new online Benefits Checker work?
The Benefit Checker is an online tool that works out your eligibility for financial support based on your circumstances. You can access the tool by follow a few simple steps:
1. Navigate to the Benefit Checker tool on the Government website, here.
2. Add your personal details
3. Enter some information about your financial circumstances, like your level of savings and disposable income
4. Wait for the Benefits Checker to generate your results
The Government insists the whole process will only take a couple of minutes, after which the user will be given an overview of all the benefits or additional financial support they are eligible for.
How will the benefits checker help me?
According to the Government, the Benefits Checker will help millions of people ‘more easily’ discover what financial support is available to them, from Universal Credit to Job Seekers Allowance.
In addition to offering you the chance to discover which state benefits you qualify for, the checker will also allow you to see if you’re eligible for more specific Government support, like whether you qualify for the furlough scheme which was brought about in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
That means you will have access to a full overview of any and all financial support you and your family might qualify for, all at your fingertips.
What if I’m still not sure which benefits I’m entitled to?
When you’re struggling with your finances, a little extra support can go a long way. If you’re looking to make the most of your entitlement, but aren’t sure which support you might be entitled to, we can help.
Creditfix specialises in helping people manage their money. We can look at your circumstances and help you figure out which benefits you might be eligible for, or if you’re in more urgent financial trouble, our expert debt advisers can give you the help you need to get back on your feet.
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