A new, free and easy-to-use online Benefits Calculator has been launched by charity Turn2us.
The charity says nine out of 10 people are worried about the benefit changes and that awareness of benefits entitlement is still low. The Calculator helps individuals to find out what welfare benefits they are entitled to, how much they should receive and how to make a claim. It estimates expected Universal Credit entitlement and how it compares to current benefit rates. The Benefits Calculator also links to the Turn2us Grants Search tool to help people find other sources of financial help and support from charitable funds. The calculator can be used on mobile phones and computers.
Alison Taylor, Director of Turn2us said: “Anyone can experience a sudden drop in income, with job loss, illness and family breakdown all placing a major strain on household finances. As the benefits system is changing, many people are confused about what support they are entitled to and who they can turn to for help. Our new, free Benefits Calculator enables people to find out what help they are entitled to and how to make a claim.”
In addition to the new Benefits Calculator, the Turn2us website includes a free Grants Search database and up to date information about benefits and managing money for people from all backgrounds to help maximise their income.