Claiming benefits and entitlements

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Up to £5.5bn of means-tested benefits go unclaimed by older people every year - let us help make it easier.

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Pension credit

About 4 million older people are entitled to Pension Credit, yet about 1 in 3 of those eligible are still not claiming it. If you’re one of them, you could be missing out on hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year.
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How Age UK helps you

From state pension reform to claiming benefits and pensioner poverty, read how we work to make the most of later life for everyone.
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Health & Care

You may be eligible for help towards dental treatment or travel costs to the hospital.
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Disability benefits

There are several benefits avaliable to people living with a disability - find out how to claim them.
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Home & housing

Whether you want to reduce your council tax or get help with your heating costs, these benefits can make living at home a little easier.
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TV Licence concessions

If you're aged 75 or over, visually impaired or live in certain accommodations, you may be entitled to money off your TV licence.

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Save on transport

If you're of pension age or disabled, you may be able to save some money on your bus, coach, rail and plane fares.

Warm Home Benefits

Julie Banks talks to Age UK’s Ashley Morgan about the benefits you could be claiming over the Winter months.

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Warm Home Benefits

Winter Fuel Payment

Winter Fuel Payment is an annual payment to help with heating costs, made to households with someone over Pension Credit age.
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Benefit changes

The benefits system is undergoing major changes, and some of these changes will affect older people.
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Low income support

The Social Fund provides financial help to people on a low income who need help with extra expenses.
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Challenge it

If you don't agree you are receiving the full benefits that you are entitled to, seek further advice and information on how to appeal.
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Carer's Allowance

If you look after your partner, or a relative or friend who needs help because they are ill or disabled, then you are a carer and may be entitled to Carer's Allowance.

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    What is a download?

    A download is a document (like a research report, a leaflet, or an application form) that can be transferred from our website to your computer. You can download a file, view it on your screen, print it, or save it to your computer.

    What is a PDF?

    PDF stands for ‘portable document format’.

    Most downloads on this website are PDFs. We use this format to ensure that the document looks the same on everyone’s computer (website pages, by contrast, appear differently depending on how people have set their computer up).

    How do I download a PDF?

    Computers use a program called Adobe Acrobat Reader to download PDFs. If you try clicking on a link to download a PDF and it doesn’t work, you will need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader onto your computer.

    How do I install Adobe Acrobat Reader?

    The process is quite straightforward and is free.

    1. Go to http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
    2. Click ‘Download’.
    3. Wait for the window to offer you the option to ‘Run’, then choose this option.
    4. Click ‘Next’.
    5. Click ‘Install’
    6. Wait for the window to offer you the option to ‘Finish’, then choose this option.

    How do I change a download?

    PDFs cannot be changed.

    How do I print or save a download?

    Downloads will open on your computer in a new browser window.

    Inside this window (below all your web browser menus), there will be a toolbar with options for you to print or save the document.

    Close the browser window to return to the Age UK website.

    Can my screen reader read PDF downloads?

    We have made every effort to make our PDFs accessible to screen readers. Please ensure that you have downloaded the latest version of Acrobat Reader from the Adobe Reader website to ensure that accessibility options are included in your version of the programme.

    You can use Adobe Reader to read a PDF out loud with the following shortcut keys:

    • Read the document: Shift +Ctrl+Y
    • Read the open page only: Shift +Ctrl+V
    • Read to the end of the document: Shift+Ctrl+B
    • Pause: Shift+Ctrl+C
    • Stop Shift+Ctrl+E

    You can convert a PDF document into a text file for use with other software and hardware such as Braille printers by opening the PDF and choosing ‘Save as text’ from the File menu.

 

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