More than 1.3 million people eligible for Universal Credit are missing out on payments worth £7,300 a year

OVER 1.3 million people are missing out on the benefits they are entitled to.

And Common Credit payments can be worth an average of £7,300 a year, new research suggests.

Millions of people are missing out on Common Credit cash


Millions of people are missing out on Common Credit cashCredit: Alamy

According to analysis by the New Economics Foundation, this number could reach 2.3 million by 2027 when the Universal Credit system is fully implemented.

The team is suggesting that claiming benefits should become automatic in a similar way to paying taxes to prevent millions of Britons from missing out on cash.

Around half a million Britons already qualify for Common Credit after a rule change late last year.

Scaling rates have been lowered meaning more people can now earn from work and qualify for cash.

But many people may not be aware of the change and Martin Lewis has urged people earning up to £30,000 to check what they can get.

Even without a change to the rules, there are millions of Britons who are not claiming all the benefits they are entitled to.

Figures from the charity Turn2Us suggests that these are worth a whopping £15 billion a year.

The cost of living is rising, including food and energy bills, leaving struggling Britons under more financial pressure.

Now you should check how to claim more money you have the right to increase your wallet.

Tom Pollard, independent policy expert and co-author of the report, says that automatically applying for Universal Credit will help solve the problems the government is facing, are having a hard time finding more help for those who need help with their energy bills the most.

Unfortunately, you don’t always automatically get what you’re entitled to and you need to sign up.

But there are tons of useful tools out there to help you see what cash you can get.

How to check your General Credit and benefits

There are several free online benefit calculators that will break down your payments and what you are entitled to.

Usually, you will need to answer information about your living and working circumstances to get an accurate number.

If you live with other people, you will also need to answer questions about them.

This is because the amount you are entitled to will depend on your total household income and how much you have in savings.

If you qualify and how much you can get depends on your circumstances.

If you find yourself eligible, you can apply for Universal Credit online by creating a account or logging into your old account if you have previously accessed benefits.

If you don’t qualify for General Credit, you can still claim other benefits, and the calculator can tell you this too.

Can I get deferred benefits if I miss it?

You may be able to get some restricted benefits if you find out you missed claiming them.

But it depends on the benefit you are claiming, as different benefits have different rules for reimbursement.

For example, new requirements for Universal Credit, income support, and housing assistance could be deferred by up to one month.

You can do it child rightsRetirement credit has a term of up to three months.

But in most cases, you’ll have to provide evidence to show good reason why you couldn’t claim sooner.

This could be due to:

  • You have a disability
  • You look ill
  • Online inquiry system has stopped working
  • You are making a new request after breaking up with your partner

You can apply to delay your benefit payment when you apply for benefits.

How this is done will vary depending on the benefit you’re claiming, so it’s a good idea to check with the government for more information before applying.

Turn2us also recommends asking for your benefits to be forwarded in writing to the Department for Work and Pensions, HMRC or your local council.

James Heappey refuses to confirm whether NI raid took place, claims government is in ‘listening mode’ More than 1.3 million people eligible for Universal Credit are missing out on payments worth £7,300 a year


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