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Finding out about which benefits you could get and how to claim them can often be complicated.

Our advisors can assess your entitlement to benefits using their vast knowledge and experience of the benefits available, both UK administered benefits and those devolved to the Scottish Government.  They also have their Quick Benefits Calculator to calculate entitlement to means tested social security benefits with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of speed, and also has a 'what if' facility to see the impact of a potential scenario, i.e. taking up employment.  

Benefits covered include:

  • universal credit
  • income support and income based jobseeker's allowance
  • employment and support allowance
  • working and child tax credits
  • pension credit
  • housing benefit and council tax benefit

Assessment is based on your personal circumstances and advisors will advise on the complex rules attached to some of these benefits when required.  Fill out our referral form with details of the help you need and an advisor will get in touch.

Free Independent Benefit Calculators

There are also a variety of free online calculators you can use to see if you may be missing out on benefits:

Turn2us - provides information on income-related benefits, tax credits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, Universal Credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start work or change your working hours.

EntitledTo - provides information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, Universal Credit and how your benefits will be affected if you start work.

HMRC Tax Credits -You can only make a new claim for tax credits if you get the severe disability premium or got it in the past month and are still eligible for it.  You will have to claim Universal Credit.  You cannot claim Tax Credits and Universal Credit at the same time. If you are on Tax Credits, they will stop if you or your partner apply for Universal Credit.

Policy in Practice -A benefit and budgeting calculator with information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, Council Tax Reduction, Carer’s Allowance, Universal Credit, how these are calculated and how your benefits will be affected if you start work or change your working hours.

Rights Advice Scotland Pension Credit Calculator - Aimed at older people, It will calculate entitlement to Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, and Council Tax Benefit for people over pensionable age.

Age UK - Aimed at older people, age UK's Benefits Calculator can help you find out what benefits you could be entitled to.   It will provide an estimate for many benefits, but for others it can only indicate if you might be eligible. 

To use these calculators effectively you’ll need accurate information such as:

  • savings
  • income, including your partner’s (from payslips, for example)
  • existing benefits and pensions (including anyone living with you)
  • outgoings (such as rent, mortgage, childcare payments)
  • council tax bill

The calculators are not suitable if you are under 18.  They will not give accurate results in some circumstances, such as if you’re:

  • a prisoner
  • a student
  • not a British or Irish citizen
  • on strike
  • living outside the UK
  • living permanently in residential care or a nursing home