Millions of Britons are still missing out on benefits they are entitled to which could prove to be a lifeline to those struggling amid soaring food and energy prices. Campaigners are reminding people not all benefits are dependent on finances, as sometimes eligibility is down to an individual’s health. Macmillan Cancer Support has shared five tips to help people make a successful claim for disability benefits like Attendance Allowance and PIP (Personal Independence Payment).
More than 20 million people in Britain are on some kind of benefits to help them make ends meet but despite this £15billion is still unclaimed.
One of the most underclaimed benefits is Attendance Allowance with figures showing some 3.4 million pensioners are missing out.
Thousands more are missing out on a Personal Independence Payment worth up to £630 a month.
Disability benefits like Attendance Allowance and PIP aren’t means tested but are awarded on how someone’s condition affects their everyday life.
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Macmillan Cancer support said the benefits system in the UK can be confusing but it has volunteers on hand to help people with their applications.
The charity recommends people check out an online benefit calculator like the one on the Macmillan website to see if they may be eligible to make a claim.
It is encouraged people make sure they have details to hand such as income, savings and any outgoings like rent.
Britons who are provided with a terminal prognosis may be able to have their benefits fast-tracked.
Six common myths usually prevent people from applying for Attendance Allowance and PIP:
The claim form is too long – ask a relative, friend or Age UK for help
Benefits stigma – there is no shame in claiming financial support
No one can get it – people should appeal if previously turned down
Carer – applicants don’t need one to qualify
Income – it’s not means tested.