Benefits Checking

We can offer assistance with all matters benefits related.

We are able to complete benefit checks for you to assess what benefits you are entitled to and what level of payment you can expect.

We can assist you with benefit claims, both on-line applications and paper applications.

We can advice you on Mandatory Reconsideration for benefits and help you prepare for appeal.

In order for us to help you with any benefit related query make sure that you have all the paperwork and personal information with you that you will need. If you are unsure what you may need please do call the CommuniCare office before you come and we will advise you of what to bring.

If you would like to make make an initial check of your benefit entitlements, we recommend the following websites:

For UNIVERSAL CREDIT – use the Universal Benefit Calculator at:

Before starting any benefits check there is certain information you will need to know.

Please click on the link below to download these questions. Download Benefit Questions

Please check to see what documents you will need to bring with you.

Download Checklist



Reading is a full service area for UC. The Qualifying Benefits are:
Income Support, Income based JSA, Income based ESA, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit.

Understanding Universal Credit website:

Making an application for Universal Credit:.

When applying you need to VERIFY your Universal Credit account. Details on how this works can be seen here

If you are ALREADY RECEIVING one of the qualifying benefits you will continue receiving it.
From Feb/March if you make any changes to your benefits you will be moved on to UC.

Full change over will start At the end of 2019