July 31, 2009 06:00 ET

ClearStart Outline That Billions of Income Related Benefits Are Not Reaching Those in Need

CHORLEY, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 31, 2009) - The latest Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up report has highlighted that billions of pounds are not reaching the people who need it most and that people need to be more aware of the benefits that they may be entitled to.

Chris Moat, CEO of Consumer Debt Service ClearStart commented on the figures saying:

"The latest DWP figures are deeply concerning and it is important that consumers, particularly those in financial difficulty, are encouraged to check their entitlements and ensure that they are not missing out on any benefits. It is shocking that in excess of Pounds Sterling 6.3 billion of income related benefits are not reaching those that are most in need, which in some instances is causing families to fall into unnecessary debt.

"Despite the spiraling cost of living, rising gas and electricity prices and everyday essentials such as car insurance and house contents insurance increasing, people still aren't shopping around or claiming the benefits they are entitled to, which is clearly illustrated by the figures released today. It is vital that immediate action is taken to tackle these growing problems and help people who most need it.

"There are many services available to help people review their finances including utility bills etc and ensure they are getting the best deal possible. Our experience has shown savings on average of (Pounds Sterling 180) per year just on gas and electricity by using a switching service.

"For those who have explored all avenues available but still have high levels of debt, there are free debt advice services, such as ClearStart, that will review every aspect of someone's finances. By gaining control of your finances early, this can often be the difference between keeping a roof over your head and losing your home."

ClearStart aims to find debt solutions for people and not just an ability to live with the debt. Recommendations are based on the individual situation and all advice is free. The website, offers practical advice for people and provides an online application form or there is a ClearStart freephone telephone helpline available on 0800 988 9345.

Contact Information

  • ClearStart
    Louise Dolan / Cortney Thomson
    020 7269 7192 / 720