17th June 2009
For us to carry out a full and comprehensive benefit check, we’ll need to talk to you about your finances such as your existing benefits, pensions and savings. The reason for this is that we try to help you work out if you can get means-tested benefits, which take your income and savings into account when calculating how much you are entitled to. But, you don’t have to discuss your financial information with us at all – it just means we won’t be able to work out your means-tested benefit entitlement, so we’ll look at other benefits instead, such as contributory and non-contributory benefits, both of which are non-means-tested, other possible grants or services you could access, as well as carrying out the income goals evaluation. We’ll explain this during your benefit check and you can decide not to go ahead at any point.
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