Monday, 29 June 2009

Are You Over 60?

Are You Getting All The Money You Are Entitled To? Many pensioners are not getting the Pension Credit or Attendance Allowance they are entitled to.

Reading Borough Council and the Pension Service are working together to ensure you don't miss out.

What is Pension Credit?

Pension Credit is a tax free payment which helps people over 60 and on low or moderate incomes. If you are 65 and over the scheme becomes more generous. So try again if you were turned down before your 65th Birthday.

If you are disabled, area a carer, have a mortgage or pay owner occupier service charges the basic amount you need to live on may be higher than average.

What is Attendance Allowance?

Attendance Allowance is for people 65 and over who need help with their personal care. Personal Care has a wide definition and includes things like help with washing, dressing, memory issues, mobility difficulties and falls, continence issues, food and drink preparation or a need for supervision. If any of these apply to you and you have other needs you may be entitled to Attendance Allowance.

You can get Attendance Allowance even if no one is actually giving you the help you need. You don't even need to be prepared to accept help. You choose how to spend the allowance.

Attendance Allowance is not dependent on your income and capital and is Tax Free.

Getting Attendance Allowance may make you entitled to, or increase existing awards of Pension Credit and Rent and/or Council Tax Benefits.

For more information call the Pension Service local office on 01344 744 916 or visit