In response to the largest shake-up of the UK benefits system, the charity Turn2us has launched a new, free and easy-to-use online Benefits Calculator. With nine out of ten people worried about the benefit changes and personal finances being increasingly stretched, the new Benefits Calculator is a vital tool to help more people access financial support they may be entitled to.
Despite 13 million people living in poverty in the UK, including 4 million children, awareness of the financial support available is low. Based on experience and feedback from service users 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. The new tool, which is mobile-friendly, also estimates expected Universal Credit entitlement and how it compares to current benefit rates.
In addition to the new Benefits Calculator, the Turn2us website – www.turn2us.org.uk – 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.