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Entitlements for Older People

Measham Medical Unit is piloting a project on behalf of North West Leicestershire County Council to enable people over the age of 65 to claim benefits they may not be aware they are entitled to.

North West Leicestershire help pensioners to claim over £100,000 in housing and council tax benefit.

In the UK millions of pounds each year go unclaimed in various benefits. In North West Leicestershire we are committed to making sure as many people as possible get ALL the benefits they are entitled to and provide a free and confidential benefit check that is completed in the privacy of your own home.

The council have two dedicated visiting officers who can visit you at home and complete all the relevant forms to claim help with your council tax and/or rent payments. They can also give advice on other state benefits that you may be entitled to and refer you to the appropriate people to help you claim these benefits.

Nationally 2.5 million Pensioners are living in poverty and 50% of the over 60’s pay too much Council tax. By having this free and confidential benefit check completed we can get this figure reduced.

In the first 4 months of the benefit take up campaign in North West Leicestershire we have awarded over £100,000 in unclaimed benefits to people who had not previously claimed benefits or tried to claim. Some customers received up to 52 weeks backdated benefit entitlement, it could be you!

You may be entitled to help if you are on a low income even if you already receive a 25% discount on your council tax (this is not benefit it is Single Persons discount) or have other people living with you (i.e. relatives and/or friends even if they work full time).

Normally you would not be entitled to claim if you have savings or investments of more than £16000 but this is not always the case. You may be entitled to other benefits if you are in poor health, your weekly income is low or you care for someone.

If you think you may be entitled to claim help with your council tax and/or rent please contact our visiting officers for a confidential chat and advice.

One quick call is all that it takes to start the process. Make that call and claim your share of the unclaimed millions!

Please ring Mrs Buckley or Mrs Neilson on 01530 454491 today!!

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