Claim what's yours campaign background

Given the acute financial pressures many families are likely to be experiencing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the Welsh Government published its Child Poverty Income Maximisation plan in November 2020. The plan sets out a set of practical actions that ministers will work on over the a six month period to help maximise the incomes of families living in poverty in Wales, help reduce essential living costs and provide support to families to build financial resilience.  

Whilst take-up statistics are not readily available at a lower geographic level than Great Britain; we do know that welfare benefits are significantly under-claimed in Wales.  For example, recent analysis estimated that in Wales during 2018-19 

  • up to 55 thousand families who were entitled to receive Pension Credit did not claim the benefit 
  • up to 52 thousand families who were entitled to receive Housing Benefit did not claim the benefit 
  • up to 13 thousand families who were entitled to receive Income Support or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance did not claim the benefit 

It is estimated that across the Great Britain around £16 billion a year of means-tested benefits provided by the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs is not claimed. Proportionally, that is £752 million a year not being claimed by people in Wales who are entitled to this money. Whilst it is difficult to make reliable estimates of the under claims of disability benefits, probably half of the people in Wales, who are entitled to a disability benefit, are not making a claim.

The primary objective of the campaign is to raise awareness of the benefits available to families in Wales and encourage them to check what they could be entitled to.

Assets

Videos

  • Struggling with rent

    Worried about how you’re going to pay next month’s rent? You could be entitled to housing benefits. Advicelink Cymru are here to help you navigate your way through the benefits system and can help you check and claim what’s yours. Call 0808 250 5700 or visit gov.wales/claimwhatsyours

  • Pension credit

    If you’re retired and are receiving your state pension, you may also be entitled to pension credit. Advicelink Cymru are here to help you navigate your way through the benefits system and can help you check and claim what’s yours. Call 0808 250 5700 or visit gov.wales/claimwhatsyours

  • Not claimed before

    Has the pandemic affected your financial situation? There’s no shame in claiming the benefits you’re entitled to. Advicelink Cymru are here to help you navigate your way through the benefits system and can help you check and claim what’s yours. Call 0808 250 5700 or visit gov.wales/claimwhatsyours

  • Hero

    Thousands of people in Wales are entitled to more benefits. Are you missing out? Advicelink Cymru are here to help you navigate your way through the benefits system and can help you check and claim what’s yours. Call 0808 250 5700 or visit gov.wales/claimwhatsyours

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