A money check looks at all your money including benefits, bills, budgeting and banking. It also looks at how safe your money is and whether you can use it to do what you want. A local financial advocate will visit you and your circle of support, talk to you and look at letters, bills etc. to understand how you use your money. They will look at what money you currently get and make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to. They will give you a report telling you what they have found and suggesting what else you could do.
You can do this as a one-off check to make sure that you are on the right tracks and to give you peace of mind. We can also do a regular check for you, for example once a year. This is a good option for people who manage their own money and people who have a family member or other person already acting as their appointee, deputy, guardian or power of attorney. There is a one-off £100 (+VAT) fee for this service; however if you then decide to keep being supported by Dosh, you will get the first 2 months of financial advocacy support free.
We can also do a money check to help you with particular issues when they happen, for example moving from DLA to PIP, or being assessed as 'fit for work' and losing ESA. If you are worried about a change in your benefits or money, please get in touch.
If you are interested in our money check, please contact us or visit http://dosh.org/get-support-with-money/money-checks/. If you would like more regular support, have a look at our other services.
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