Half a million Brits missing out on Universal Credit worth hundreds a year

HALF a million working Brits are missing out on Universal Credit worth hundreds of pounds a year.A change to rules means the more people can now earn money from work and get the benefit in a boost for those on low incomes.
1More people are now eligible to claim Universal Credit – but may not knowCredit: Alamy
Almost 2million people already claiming the benefit already keep more of what they earn under the new rules.
But many more not claiming could now be eligible too after a change to the taper rate.
Universal Credit payments are gradually reduced as you earn more, over a certain amount.
The rate at which it’s tapered was slashed from 55p for every £1 from November last year. Previously it was 63p.
The work allowance – an amount some people can earn before this taper applies – has also increased by £500 a year.
Those on low incomes who were previously not eligible for Universal Credit because they earned too much could now be entitled to the help.
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Lowering the taper rate means it’s easier to qualify for the benefit with higher earnings.
Thousands of Brits in work have been urged to check their eligibility for Universal Credit – even if they didn’t qualify before.
Dr Phil Agulnik, boss of charity EntitledTo, previously said when the change was announced: “In practical terms these changes mean it’s more important than ever for people to check if they can claim Universal Credit.
Martin Lewis has also urged people to check – and you could find out in as little a 10 minutes.
How to check if you can get Universal Credit
EntitledTo’s benefits calculator has the new rates so anyone checking can get an idea of their entitlement after the rule change.
Some 600,000 extra families will be entitled to receive support, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies – a quarter of all working-age families. 
And even some workers earning more than £50,000 could now be eligible, depending on their circumstances.
And a single parent with two children who …
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