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Many older people are not aware of the money they might be entitled to. Come along to Search and see Cheryl for a benefits check and ensure you are not missing out on a much needed source of income. We have listed below some benefits that could make a difference:

 

Attendance Allowance

For anyone aged 65 or over no matter what your income. Who require assistance with their personal care i.e. help with dressing bathing etc (You do not need to be having the assistance you only need to have the need for assistance). Find out more about on the Government's website,

Pension Credit

For people who reach pension age
Pension Credit is a means-tested benefit and can be a top-up for those on a low income; and in receipt of State Pension

Am I eligible for Pension Credit?
The qualifying age for Pension Credit is gradually increasing to 66 in line with the increase in the State Pension age.
You can use www.gov.uk's Pension Credit calculator to find out when you'll reach Pension Credit age.

Carer's Allowance

Carer's Allowance is a benefit for people over 16 who spend at least 35 hours a week looking after someone who needs significant care and support.
To claim Carer's Allowance the person you care for must receive one of the following benefits;
• Attendance Allowance
• Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
• Disability Living Allowance (at the middle or highest rate for personal care)
  You can't receive Carer's Allowance if:
• you're in full-time education
• you earn more than £100 a week after certain deductions (like Income Tax) have been made.     www.gov.uk

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.

Even if you do not qualify for the full benefit, you may be able to claim some help. Have a look at Newcastle Council's website:
www.newcastle.gov.uk/benefits