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Benefit Advice if you are over 60

Don’t Miss out – They are still there to help during this difficult time.

If you have any health issues the Council have a team who can help you make a claim for any entitlement you may have to disability benefits such as Personal Independence Payments, or Attendance Allowance. This could give you extra money to spend to help with any daily costs you have, such as cleaners, gardeners, taxis or anything else that improves your health and well-being. Nobody needs to be caring for you to receive these health benefits.

They can also help make claims for pension credit, employment support allowance or carers allowance.

Recently they have been carrying out a piece of work reviewing cases and identifying any additional premiums that may have been missed by the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) and helping customers to put in a claim for this benefit. This has resulted in a number of great results for pensioners and an increase in their income. One customer received an additional weekly amount of £66.95 and this was backdated to 2010 which resulted in them receiving a backdated award of £31K which will give a huge boost to their income during this very difficult time.

You can email a request for help to fiwsreferrals@dumgal.gov.uk or phone the Council’s call centre on 030 33 33 3008 who will take the referral over the phone for you.