Martin Lewis fan got £ 2,000 in benefits from quick online check – and explains how

The Turn2Us charity estimates that seven million families are not enjoying unclaimed benefits – and Martin Lewis has also urged half a million people to check whether they are now eligible for universal credit.

Martin Lewis urges families to check if they can apply for benefits

A Martin Lewis fan is ‘over the moon’ after finding out she was eligible for £ 2,000 in benefits following a quick online check.

The reader, known only as Christine, discovered that she was eligible for housing allowance and care allowance.

This means she is now better off by around £ 2,000 a year – and she has confirmed benefit money is backdated to September.

Christine used a free online benefit calculator to see if she would qualify for additional cash.

Some of the more popular online calculators include those from Turn2us, Policy in practice and right to.

The Mirror also offers a free benefits calculator which you can use here:

To use a benefit calculator, you will need to enter information about yourself and your situation.

For example, your income, any savings you have and live with – plus any benefits you are already claiming.

You will need to answer as precisely as possible in order to get a correct number.

Once you have determined whether you are likely to apply, you will then need to make a physical application for the benefits.

Writing to MoneySavingExpert, Christine said: “We have completed it to see if we are eligible for housing allowance. He said we are, plus child care allowance.

“We applied and will get £ 40 per week [£2,080/year] backdated to September. We are on the moon.

“I can only encourage others to do this, you will never know unless you try. Thank you, Martin and the staff.”

Debt charity Turn2Us estimates that seven million families are deprived of unclaimed benefits.

Martin also urged half a million people to check whether they are now eligible for universal credit after the introduction of two important changes.

The first change is in the graduated rate, which is the reduction in your universal credit for every pound you earn through work.

That number has been lowered from 63p to 55p, allowing those who work to keep more of their hard-earned money.

The last change concerns the work allowance, which is the amount that some claimants can earn before the reduction begins.

This amount has been increased by £ 500 per year and generally applies to people with children or with limited working capacity.

Both changes will result in increased payments for around two million people who are already claiming universal credit.

But the adjustment of the work allowance also means that around 500,000 people are now entitled to a small allowance.

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