Last year nearly 5,000 people who contacted the Benefits Advice Line got advice about unclaimed benefits. They made successful claims and received almost £17million in benefits and arrears they were entitled to but didn't know about.
On average they are better off by £65 a week.
Young and old, employed and unemployed people were entitled to unclaimed benefits. Families, carers, people who live alone or have disabilities or health problems, also received their unclaimed benefits.