In the last year, the level of benefits secured by people in North Lanarkshire increased by 65% - £10.1m - on the year before.
The North Lanarkshire Council Housing and Social Work team increased its number of staff to ensure those most in need had access to all the benefits they were entitled to.
Income generated for the financial year 2012/13 across the entire Housing and Social Work Services division amounted to £25,617,642.
The council said it added to its team because the complexity of the benefits system can often lead to poor uptake of benefits.
People are often put off by completing complex forms and with the process of applying for benefits.
Councillor Sam Love, convener of Housing and Social Work Services, said: "We increased staffing resources in the financial inclusion team to deal with the effects of the Government's changes to the benefits system and the increase in demand for our services.
"Our specialist services are a lifeline to individuals and families dependent on benefits.
"I'm pleased with the effective welfare rights service being provided and confident we can continue to offer a high level of support to those most in need."
The team offers help such as completing claim forms; providing supportive evidence; liaising with the Department for Work and Pensions, public utilities and housing authorities; intervening in a crisis to prevent fuel disconnection or eviction; challenging unfavourable decisions; and accompanying service users to interviews and reviews.