In order to qualify for state benefits in the UK, you will need to supply supporting documentation such as evidence of your income, marital status and other important information. The information you supply will be used to determine whether you are eligible for certain benefits.
Evidence of All Your Earnings
According to Turn2US.org.uk, a charitable service that is designed to help point people in the right direction through welfare benefits and grants, evidence of earnings does not just include the salary you earn at work. This also includes any additional income you are earning through a State Retirement Pension, Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, money you are receiving in rental income and any other sources of income that make up your total earnings.
Evidence of Spouse’s Income
If you are applying for benefits in the UK and are married, you should also provide evidence of your husband or wife’s income. Include your spouse’s earnings at work, as well as any state benefits that they are currently receiving from the government. The reason why your spouse’s income is required, even if you are applying just for yourself, is because you will be assessed as a married couple.
Evidence of Savings and Investments
When applying for benefits in the UK, you will also need to provide evidence of any money you have in savings and investments before a decision is reached. Even if your monthly earnings are relatively low, you may not be entitled to receive certain benefits you apply for if you have over a certain amount of money tucked away in savings or investments.
Evidence of Weekly Earnings
Applicants may be asked to provide evidence of their income as weekly amounts, even if they are paid monthly or fortnightly. If you do not know for sure how much you earn on a weekly basis you should refer to the original letter you received from your local benefits office. Benefits that are paid on a monthly basis should be calculated to reach the required weekly earnings amount.
Applying for benefits in the UK can be complicated, especially if you do not provide enough evidence or the right supporting documentation that is required. That is why it is important to gather all the information you will need in advance such as evidence of all your earnings, including earnings of your spouse (if applicable), savings and investments and other earnings that will have a bearing on your application. The government may also ask to see evidence of your monthly rent or mortgage payment, your council tax bill and earnings of any adult children that are still living at home.
Turn2US.org.uk, Information you may need to complete your Benefits Check.