Benefit claims help by Age UK North Tyneside

Age UK North Tyneside offers benefit claims help

Each year, billions of pounds worth of benefits go unclaimed by older people in the UK including Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.  Many older people have been hit particularly hard this winter by the ‘double whammy’ of rising energy prices, coupled with freezing temperatures continuing into March, resulting in increased bills.

Over four million pensioners are potentially entitled to Pension Credit, a top up for people living on low incomes, a third of those eligible don’t claim it and if all those who are entitled to Pension Credit put in a claim, it could boost their income by an average of £62.00 per week.

Rebecca Rutter Age UK North Tyneside’s Information, Advice and Campaigns Manager says “Many of our customers don’t approach us specifically to ask for a benefit check. We tend to bring this to their attention and suggest that we ensure they maximise their household income. This might be following a life changing event, illness or a change in their personal circumstances. We’re extremely lucky to have a team of staff and volunteers who work diligently to ensure our customers access the correct advice and support them through the process”

During the last financial year Age UK North Tyneside helped older people with benefits claims and secured over £1million of unclaimed benefits through their free Information and Advice service.  The service provides expert support, helping individuals to understand their benefit entitlement and navigate a complex benefit system by supporting with form filling etc. where appropriate.

The service hopes to encourage customers to ‘pay it forward’ by making a donation to ensure the future of the service for the most vulnerable in North Tyneside and to help people make more of later life.

Would you like help with benefits claims, or like to  know what benefits you are entitled to?

Find out quickly and easily by contacting the Age UK advice line on 0800 055 6112 your local Age UK North Tyneside on 0191 280 8484 Option 1

For more on Welfare Benefits and other money advice see pages 90-97 in the Golden Guide Newcastle & North Tyneside 2017 and pages 105-112 in the Golden Guide Northumberland 2018