As the cost of living crisis hits those on benefits and the lowest incomes the most, campaigners are reminding people to check they are receiving all the financial help they are entitled to. People on Universal Credit and other benefits could get up to 25 “freebies” or additional benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Universal Credit claimants can get:
- 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
- Reduced council tax bills
- Capped water bills
- Half price bus or 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
- £1,200 free cash on top of savings 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 or 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
- A Cost of Living payment in July
- £150 Council tax rebate to help pay energy bills
- A further £400 Cost of living boost available to all households.
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It means that if someone saves the maximum amount of £50 every month, they could end up with £1,200 in free cash from the DWP.
People can check whether they are eligible to open one of these accounts by going online at Gov.uk.
They will need to sign in to their Government Gateway account.
Alternatively, people can call HMRC on 0300 322 7093.