Martin Lewis urges millions of workers to do simple check to see if they're entitled to THOUSANDS

MARTIN Lewis and his MoneySavingExpert team have urged millions of workers to do a simple benefits check.

If they don't they could run the risk of missing out on thousands of pounds.

The money mogul explained that as many as seven million people could be due the financial help.

He pressed fans to do the quick check in this week's MoneySavingExpert newsletter.

Martin said EVERYONE with family income under £50,000 should check to see if they are missing out.

You might stand a better chance if your funds are something closer to £30,000, but a quick check is still worth it, the savings expert explained.

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Often people think that they aren't entitled to benefits if they have a job, and with such a wide range available, it can be hard to know where to start.

Fortunately, Money Saving Expert has a 10-minute benefits calculator that can show you what you're likely to qualify for and how much you could get.

The calculator was featured in this week's newsletter too, as Martin and the team wheedled fans to tale a quick look into what they could claim.

The calculator includes Universal Credit, which is the main source of benefit help for many people.

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More than a million Brits are set to be shifted onto the support scheme in the next two years anyway through a process called "mandatory migration" that was kick started earlier in the week.

But as Martin explained in his tip of the week, plenty can CHOOSE to move sooner – you just need to check it's worth the leap.

With over half a million people missing out on Universal Credit alone, the quick check is really important to make sure you're not one of them.

A Martin Lewis fan had even written in to the savings team to explain how they had discovered they could claim an extra £80 a month, after taking the time to do the simple check.

The fan, known as Alex, said: "I work full-time, but having two young children means my wife only works part-time.

"I was very surprised you could earn £40,000 per year as a couple and still qualify for something."

The calculator was developed by the charity Entitled To and is simple and easy to use.

You can access it online via the Money Saving Expert website.

To get started, you'll need some financial info to hand including details of your savings, income and earnings, pensions, existing benefits and any investments.

Specifically, you will be asked about:

  • Your housing status
  • Your postcode
  • Whether you have a partner
  • How many children you have
  • Who else lives with you
  • Your nationality
  • If you're in hospital/residential care, a prisoner, on strike, living abroad or a full-time student
  • Your employment
  • Benefits you already get
  • Whether you are ill or disabled, or have caring responsibilities for someone who is
  • Your income, including pensions, savings, spousal maintenance, charity work, property ownership, or any other sources
  • Your housing costs including council tax

You don't need to answer every question, but the more detail you can give, the more accurate the calculation will be.

Then you'll be able to find out how much you could claim and how it might affect other aspects of your finances.

You could find you're in line for help like child benefit, worth up to £21.80 a week.

Or something as simple as council tax reduction, which gives you money off your bill if you fit a certain criteria.

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It's not the only thing the money mogul has warned of as late. He's urged everyone to check their energy direct debits NOW – as a third are ‘overcharged’.

And he pressed all workers to check their tax code after the first pay packet of new tax year landed earlier in the month.

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