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With colder weather around the corner and further gas and electricity price rises predicted, millions of people across the UK will be extremely concerned about how they’ll pay their fuel bills this winter.

We know that this issue is widespread amongst the people we help, and our research last winter found that almost two-thirds of people on low incomes were not sure if they could meet their fuel costs without experiencing financial hardship. In addition to rising energy prices, the costs of other everyday essentials are on the increase.

With personal finances being increasingly stretched and in response to the largest shake-up of the UK benefits system, Turn2us has launched a new, free and easy-to-use online Benefits Calculator at benefits.turn2us.org.uk. The new calculator is a vital tool to help more people access the financial support they may be entitled to.

The calculator helps individuals to find out what welfare benefits they are entitled to, how much they should receive and how to make a claim. It also links to our Grants Search tool to help people find other sources of support from charitable funds.

We urge anyone who is struggling to check their eligibility for financial help now - it could make all the difference this winter and beyond.

Alison Taylor

Director

Turn2us