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    UK: 16bn in unclaimed benefits.



    Action needed on benefits take-up

    Targets need to be set to ensure more people claim the benefits to which they are entitled, a coalition of charities has said.

    About 16bn in income-related benefits and tax credits goes unclaimed in the UK in a year.

    Now 27 charities, led by Citizens Advice, has called on the government to set "ambitious targets" for the take-up of these benefits.
    The government said action was being taken to help people claim.

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    The charities are drawing on figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions in June, which showed that up to 10.5bn in income-related benefits went unclaimed in 2007-8.

    A calculation of take-up of the five key benefits - Income Support, Pension Credit, Jobseeker's Allowance, and housing and council tax benefits - showed that the estimated amount that went unclaimed shifted up slightly, as compared with a year earlier.

    The other set of data came from HM Revenue and Customs, showing that about 6.2bn of child tax credits and working tax credits were unpaid in 2006-7.
    The charities said:
    • Four in five low-paid workers without children missed out on tax credits worth at least 38 a week
    • Up to half of all working households do not claim housing benefit worth an average of 37.60 a week
    • An average of 13 a week in council tax benefit is not being claimed by up to three million households
    • Up to 1.7 million pensioners are missing out on an average of 31 in pension credit payments.
    "This adds up to millions of people in dire need missing out on the help they should be getting to make ends meet," said Citizens Advice chief executive David Harker.
    "This is bad news at any time, but it is especially worrying when so many are still feeling the impact of the recent recession."

    He said that claims were not made owing to the complexity of the system, as well as some people being unaware that they were entitled to the money.
    He said he wanted a similar focus on cutting unclaimed benefits as on catching benefits fraudsters.

    Action

    This is not the first time that the issue has been raised, and various reports have been commissioned by the government.
    The benefits system has also changed in recent times, with pensioners given the opportunity to ensure they have a series of connected benefits rather than applying for each in turn.

    "We want to make sure that everyone is getting the help that they are entitled to," said a spokeswoman for the Department for Work and Pensions.
    "We have made it more simple and straightforward to claim Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit together in just one free phone call. We make 13,000 home visits every week to ensure that vulnerable pensioners are getting the help they need.

    "HM Revenue and Customs have set up an online calculator so that people can find out quickly and easily if they are eligible for working tax credits with the goal of getting 100,000 more people claiming this important support by next year."


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    Published: 2010/02/03 0938 GMT

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    Maybe some people don't want handouts from the government?

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    Sh=t, do not encourage any more.

    It might catch on that britain iis an easy touch. god forbid

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    You can bet all the Asien are getting their hand out and some.

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    Well that's because the poor dears can't read the forms and so a bleeding heart does it for them....or they can get them in their own language...talk about catering.......

    Most DHSS offices I'm sure try their hardest under government directives no doubt to ensure that the average UK 'joe' is told that they are not eligible for the said benefit...when in fact they are...

    I was told this for some time and then went to the citizens advice bureau..(when I was young and in trouble) and found out that I was eligible all along....scumbags many of these DHSS people...it's as if it was their own money they were giving away..

    Well that's what it was like in my day....bet they are a bit better now...then agai by the sounds of 16bn..maybe not...maybe they're worse???

    Who the fuc* cares anyway, we live in Asia so we're not eligible for jack....doesn't matter how much tax you've paid in your time..

    Cookies-crumble..that order..
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    Some previous racist comments are not really fair, after all with out the asian influence on UK economy things would be a lot worse, there are definitely more asians in full employment in lancashire than lancastriansmy brother runs a TEFL training course in UK , paid for by the govt, the main goal of the students is completing the course and tthen after a short wait , then bags packed ,stanstead to bkk with air asia and a teaching life in thailand , of course they are still claiming the social in UK and are privately renting out their council flats, hope they catch up with them all soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr R Sole View Post
    Most DHSS offices I'm sure try their hardest under government directives no doubt to ensure that the average UK 'joe' is told that they are not eligible for the said benefit...when in fact they are...
    You might be right, pity that arsehole journalist who publishes his right-wing bullshit in his blog and writes here doesn't mention this - if he knows or even wants to know that is.

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    ^^ Agreed, however what about the story some years back where I think it was nigerians or ghanans. They had scammed something in the region of 1.5mil or maybe even more. I just remember at the time thinking..."shit that's a load of cash" so it must have been alot.

    Still they got caught. Signing on in nearly every borough of london....sneaky gits...

    Wish I'd have thought of that...

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    Only in the UK could you have charities poncing money off hardworking folks so they can tell idle layabouts how to ponce more money off the state.

    My mum, who with my dad worked all her life and saved all she could, had to go into a care home as the social services said the level of care she needed was beyond the scope of home helpers and family. Then they turned round and said she'd have to pay for the home because she owned her own house. There's no incentive to work hard, live within your means and save for old age any more in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belepheron View Post
    Only in the UK could you have charities poncing money off hardworking folks so they can tell idle layabouts how to ponce more money off the state.

    My mum, who with my dad worked all her life and saved all she could, had to go into a care home as the social services said the level of care she needed was beyond the scope of home helpers and family. Then they turned round and said she'd have to pay for the home because she owned her own house. There's no incentive to work hard, live within your means and save for old age any more in the UK.
    You could always have taken your mother in yourself.

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    reckon I'm owed a few bob

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