New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that almost half (48%) of low income households are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to. This is despite the fact that a huge 87% of this group have seen no improvement to their financial situation over the last year.

Over a fifth (22%) of households with children said they were unsure of how or where to find out about this help, whilst a quarter (25%) of people with disabilities felt recent welfare benefit changes have made it too difficult to apply.

Furthermore, two-thirds (66%) would not consider checking their benefits entitlements if their income dropped, and only 4% would turn to a charity for help. Yet nearly two-fifths (37%) said they would cut back on gas, electricity and other essentials, and almost a third (30%) would resort to cutting back on food.

The research is released as Turn2us launches its 2016 Benefits Awareness Campaign to help more people in financial hardship to access the welfare support available to them. The charity is urging anyone in need to use its free and confidential Benefits Calculator at to see what they could be entitled to and how to make a claim. The website also features information on benefits and other help for a range of different circumstances.

If you receive Disabled Living Allowance for your child and you are getting Tax Credits you could be missing out on an extra payment called the Disabled Child Element of Tax Credits. Family Fund launched the HMRC Tax Credits Project, along with Tinder Foundation, last year with a target of helping 300 families to access this payment, since then over 1,000 have benefitted from the scheme and are up to £9,000 better off per year.

We now have funding to support more families to access a possible £60 extra per week, depending on your circumstances, if you think you could be eligible for the Disabled Child Element of Tax Credits please email us at [email protected]