23 freebies you could get in 2023 if you’re on Universal Credit

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While no-one can escape the cost of living crisis, people who depend on benefits like Universal Credit, PIP and Pension Credit will be finding it particularly tough. Now is the time to make sure cash-strapped Britons are claiming all the financial help they are entitled to. Means tested benefits are a gateway to other financial help in the form of ‘freebie benefits’ from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Millions of Britons rely on state benefits to help them get by but at the same time around £15billion is left unclaimed.

People usually qualify for financial help from the DWP if they are out of work, on a low income or have a health condition that affects their everyday lives.

Often these state benefits act as gateway benefits to other financial help in the form of freebies that could be worth thousands of pounds.

Express.co.uk has found at least 23 freebie benefits that people could be eligible for if they are successfully claiming benefits like Universal Credit or Pension credit.

More than one million (1.3) people are estimated to be missing out on Universal Credit because they don’t know they could be due this financial support to top up their income.

People don’t have to be out of work to claim it and should check if they are eligible if they are earning less than £40,000.

Thousands of Britons are also losing out on PIP which is not means tested so can be claimed even if people are working.

In addition, almost one million Britons are missing out on Pension Credit which is paid to pensioners who earn less than £182.60, or £278.70 a week for couples.

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One thing that people may qualify for if they are in receipt of means-tested benefits are free prescriptions depending on their circumstances. The benefits that tend to qualify for help towards NHS costs are:

  1. Income Support

  2. Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  3. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  4. Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

  5. Universal Credit – if one’s earnings were £435 or less in the last assesmnet period, or £935 or less if the claim includes an element for a child.

Pensioners in receipt of pension credit should also qualify for a free TV licence if they are also 75-years-old.

On the TV Licensing website it states: “We recommend you apply for a free TV Licence when you’re 74. It makes things simpler when you turn 75.

“If your application is accepted, you’ll still need to pay for your TV Licence until your 75th birthday.

“So, please don’t change or cancel your current payment method.”

Universal Credit, PIP and Pension Credit claimants may be able to claim 23 freebies including:

  • Reduced council tax bills
  • Capped water bills
  • Half price bus
  • Discounted 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
  • Cheap BT phone calls
  • 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
  • £1,200 free cash 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
  • Homeowners can get help to pay for double glazing as part of the Green Homes Scheme.

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