Delyn MP David Hanson is urging constituents to make sure they are claiming all the benefits they are entitled to. Despite the growing anxiety about the cost of living, too many people are still missing out.
As much as £9.9 billion in means tested benefits went unclaimed last year, affecting as many as 6 million people. Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Working Tax Credit in particular are all currently massively under claimed say the charity Citizens Advice Bureau.
What could you gain?
- The average weekly amount of Pension Credit currently going unclaimed is £28.40, enough to make a huge difference for someone living on a low and fixed income and facing rising fuel bills
- Those struggling to pay their Council Tax bills could benefit from claiming Council Tax Benefit – the average currently going unclaimed is £12.90 a week
- An adult working 30 hours a week earning the minimum wage could boost their income by almost £1,700 a year by claiming Working Tax Credit
- Almost a million people are missing out on £2,280 million of unclaimed Housing Benefit. Around half of working people entitled to housing benefit do not claim.
David Hanson said:
“The current rising cost of oil and food is meaning that more people are finding their budgets are getting stretched each month. However, too many people are still missing out on benefits that they are entitled to.
“I urge anyone who thinks they may be entitled to benefit to make a claim as it could make a real difference to their finances.
“To claim you could visit your local CAB office or use the contact details listed below.”
Working Tax Credit 0845 300 3900
Pension Credit 0800 99 1234
Housing Benefit Flintshire County Council – 01352 704848
Council Tax Benefit Flintshire County Council – 01352 704848