As the winter approaches, are you aware of the benefits you can claim to make life a little easier? Each year, billions of pounds go unclaimed by older people.
Free Bus Pass
If you are old enough to claim your state pension and live in England, you can claim an older person’s bus pass. This entitles you to free bus travel at off=peak times – that’s between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays
The Senior Railcard
Once you turn 60, you are eligible for a Senior Railcard. It will cost you £30 for one year and will allow you to make big savings on most rail fares in the UK.
Winter Fuel Payment
You may be eligible for Winter Fuel Payment if you meet all the following criteria:
- you were born on or before 5 April 1954 (to be eligible for the financial year April 2019 to March 2020 – the eligibility birth date changes every financial year).
- you lived in the UK throughout the qualifying week (for the financial year 2019–2020, this is 16–22 September 2019)
You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you receive the State Pension or another benefit, such as Pension Credit (but not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support or Universal Credit).
If you qualify, but don’t get paid automatically, you’ll need to make a claim.
Cold weather Payment
On top of the Winter Fuel Payment, pensioners who get Pension Credit usually qualify for a Cold Weather Payment if the temperature drops particularly low during the winter.
Free TV Licence
Once you or someone you live with are over 74 you are eligible to apply for the over 75 free Licence for your household.
From 1st June 2020, you don’t automatically get an over 75 TV Licence on your 75th birthday. You have to apply for one.
Prescriptions are free to anyone 60 and over who live in the UK.
If you are on a low income and claiming Pension Credit you are also entitled to help with your housing costs.
If you have any other questions, please get in touch with us or call us on 01625 429131.
All this information can be found on our website www.bluntssolicitors.co.uk
and further information on Ageuk.org.uk