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 (benefits.turn2us.org.uk).
With nine out of ten people worried about the benefit changes, according to research by Turn2us, 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. The new Benefits Calculator is the first in a series of enhancements Turn2us is making to its services to improve the support offered to people in financial need.
With over 4 million visitors to the Turn2us website in the last year, Turn2us has used its experience and feedback from service users to develop an easy-to-use Benefits Calculator. 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 at home on your desktop or on your mobile phone.
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 – 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.
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Campaigns & Issues
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Competitions & Fun
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Health & Wellbeing
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Property & Finance
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Leisure and Lifestyle
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