At a time of economic cuts and welfare reform, millions are facing considerable financial pressures.
With this in mind, it seems startling that two thirds of those living on low incomes in the UK and who may be entitled to in-work benefits, are not claiming them, according to a Turn2us survey.
Many of those struggling to make ends meet could claim, but don’t. Often they don’t realise what they are entitled to. This is especially true of groups such as the older generation.
In fact, the Turn2us research shows that nearly nine in 10 of low earners are totally unaware of the existence of in-work benefits.
This is despite the fact that two thirds of those surveyed nationally have recently experienced a fundamental change to their working conditions, be it a decrease in working hours, or a change in salary.
In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to ensure that everyone is aware of their potential entitlement to welfare benefits and tax credits.
I would urge individuals to access the benefits checker at www.turn2us.org.uk, and check what they might be entitled to, how much and where to claim.
Benefits Awareness Month is running throughout April. Spread the message and let’s get individuals claiming what they may be entitled to.
Edwina Currie, Turn2us, 200 Shepherd’s Bush Road, London W6 7NL by email