With the rising cost of living, it’s more important than ever to stay updated about the financial support available and to make sure you’re getting everything you’re entitled to.
Our webpage Advice and help with the cost of living | Independent Age tells you more about this.
If you’re wondering whether you qualify for any support, you can call our friendly Helpline team on 0800 319 6789 for a free benefits check. Our Helpline advisers can check that you’re not missing out on any potential support.
Pension Credit gives you extra money to top-up your pension income and help with living costs if you’re on a low income. Even if you only qualify for a small amount, it can also unlock other entitlements, such as help with housing costs and Council Tax, Cold Weather Payments and help with NHS costs. It’s worth checking if you can get it.
To find out more, visit our website Pension Credit advice | Independent Age. Or get a free copy of our Pension Credit guide below.
Did you know there are various ways you may be able to reduce your Council Tax bill? If your bill has gone up and you’re wondering how you can do this, visit our website Help with your Council Tax | Independent Age for more information. Or get a free copy of our Council Tax guide below.
This guide covers updated information about how Council Tax works, discounts, exemptions, Council Tax Support and how to apply.
Help with housing costs
If you’re on a low income and finding it difficult to pay your rent or your mortgage, you may be able to get support. You may qualify for Housing Benefit to help with your rent, or, if you own your home, you may qualify for a Support for Mortgage Interest loan.
This guide contains information about Housing Benefit, who qualifies and how to claim it, as well as support options available if you have a mortgage.
Did you know our Helpline also offers a telephone translation service?
If English is not your first language, it’s worth knowing that you can contact our Helpline and ask to use the translation service. A member of our friendly Helpline team will then connect to an interpreter via LanguageLine who will help with translating as part of a three-way conversation.
Our Helpline team can be reached on our freephone 0800 319 6789, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm (weekends and bank holidays: closed).
For more information about any of the above, you can contact our Helpline team on 0800 319 6789, or via the webchat.