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Calculating Benefits

We look at where you are now (no matter how bad you think it may be) and what benefits you should be getting. We then tell you how to go about getting them and stick with you until you get them.  

You can also call this section ‘getting your correct benefit entitlement’ or ‘maximising your income’. It all means pretty much the same.

Many people do not claim all the benefits they are entitled to. It is thought that there is £16billion waiting to be claimed in benefits! It should make you think “I might be missing out here.” Even a small amount of money can make a big difference so it’s worthwhile to spend a minute or two checking it out. 

Clean Slate can do that for you if you have all the information at hand. We need to know your current circumstances and what you are getting now. If you like you can do it yourself online at


Some people who are working can also still be entitled to benefits. For example if you are on a low income you may get some help towards rent and council tax, and dependent on your income and household situation you may be entitled to Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit. You can check for yourself on

Other benefits may be available to you. Any change in your household could affect the benefits available to you. Here is a list of situations within your household that might trigger entitlement:-

  • Over pension age
  • Unemployed
  • Off work due to illness and incapacity
  • Pregnancy
  • Becoming a parent
  • Long term sickness or disability
  • Widowed and/or recently bereaved
  • Caring for someone who is sick or disabled
  • A student, or moving in or out of education
  • Any other change of circumstances


You can find out more about all the above on Credit where it's due - this site is now an excellent source for Government information. 

If you are aged under 60 and want to find out about making a new claim for benefits, ring Jobcentre Plus free on 0800 055 6688, 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday. Textphone 0800 023 4888. If you want to make an enquiry about a benefit you already receive, ring 0845 60 88 508

If you are aged over 60 and want to find out about making a new claim for benefits, ring the Pension Service free on 0800 99 1234, 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday. For more information about benefits you already receive, ring 0845 60 60 265.