People receiving financial help from the Government could get up to 30 additional benefits to help them save money across the year.

Millions of people receiving Universal Credit, Jobseekers Allowance and Pension Credit may be entitled to the additional benefits that could help save them thousands of pounds. Reduced council tax, free prescriptions and money to help them get to work once successful are also on the list.

The extra money is offered by the Department of Work and Pensions [DWP] for those who claim them – meaning many will have less worry about having to afford additional costs.

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Some of the benefits are location-dependant so it is worth checking your eligibility in case you are missing out on huge savings, LancsLive reports.

Already, as of August this year, 22.6 million people were claiming some form of benefits in England, Scotland and Wales. After the state pension, Universal Credit is the Government’s highest benefit spend, allocated £59.8 billion this year. In October this year, 6.2 million people were claiming it – around 38 per cent of those have jobs.

Universal Credit is in place to help with living costs and was introduced to replace existing benefits including child tax credit, housing benefit, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance.

Even if you work, you could be entitled to extra financial help from the DWP and sites like Turn2Us could help you see if you qualify for Universal Credit or Pension Credit. You can also check if you are eligible by entering your postcode into a tool on the Government website.

The 30 additional benefits you could be entitled to are:

  • Reduced council tax bills
  • Capped water bills
  • Half price bus
  • Discounted rail fares
  • Free or discounted gym membership
  • Help with new job costs
  • Warm Home Discount Scheme of £140 off fuel bills
  • £25 in Cold Weather Payments
  • Free or cheap broadband from TalkTalk, Virgin Media and BT
  • Cheap BT phone calls
  • Free prescriptions for people with zero income or those on a low income
  • Free dental treatment
  • Eye tests and discounted glasses
  • Free school transport
  • Free school meals
  • Discounted childcare costs
  • £150 towards school uniforms – dependent on the local authority
  • £1,200 free cash as part of the Government’s Help to Save scheme
  • Food vouchers for kids as part of the Healthy Start scheme
  • Maternity grant up to £1,000
  • Disabled Facilities Grant (up to £30,000) to make changes to a home
  • Homeowners can apply for up to £10,000 to pay for a boiler
  • Homeowners can get help to pay for double glazing as part of the Green Homes Scheme
  • Up to £300 in Winter Fuel Payments
  • Free wigs or fabric support provided by the NHS
  • Free health travel costs
  • Help with housing costs
  • Help with funeral costs
  • Bereavement support payments
  • Reduced court fees.


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