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Dear Ms Dawes,

This month we feature information to help the older people you support get all the benefits they deserve. There’s also information on how to tackle debt, including equity release and a short film on How to boost your income in retirement. It’s worth watching as every penny helps!

We’d be very grateful if you could forward this email on to anyone you think might benefit from the valuable information it provides.

Don’t forget you can order printed copies of any of the information provided in this email. Simply call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 6565 or email orders to orders@ageuk.co.uk.


Best wishes, 

The Age UK Information & Advice team


This month's guides

Advice for carers

Read these tips to find out what benefits are available to claim, how to request flexible working hours, how to organise respite care and much more.

Read the guide >

Advice for carers

Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for those aged 65 years and over who need extra money to help them with care needs or for help with personal care.

Read the guide >

Attendance Allowance

Carer's Allowance

Find out what Carer's Allowance is, who is eligible and how to claim it.

Read the guide >

Carer's allowance

Council Tax Support

Council Tax Support, sometimes called Council Tax Reduction, is a benefit to help people who are on a low income or claiming certain benefits pay some of their Council Tax Bill.

Read the guide >

Council tax support

Equity release

Find out how equity release works, the different types of plans, tips on choosing the right plan and whether it’s the right choice for you or a loved one.

Read the guide >

Equity release

Getting help with debt

This information will help people recognise when debt is a problem and looks at the first steps to tackle it.

Read the guide >

Getting help with debt

Pension credit

If you or someone you know are of retirement age and on a low income, you could be missing out on Pension Credit. Pension Credit can also lead to other benefits such as Council Tax reductions, Housing Benefit and help with health care costs.

Read the guide >

Pension credit

This month's factsheets

The following factsheets have had an annual review:

Advance decisions, advance statements and living wills
Attendance Allowance
Benefits for people under Pension Credit age
Carer’s Allowance
Housing Benefit
Paying for care and support at home
Paying for care in a care home if you have a partner
Paying for permanent residential care
Pension Credit
Personal Independence Payment and Disability Living Allowance
Planning for retirement: money and tax
State Pension

There are no amendments this month.

The above factsheets and Index are available to download from the Age UK website at http://www.ageuk.org.uk/publications/age-uk-information-guides-and-factsheets/ 

The Health and Care of Older People in England Report

This new report from Age UK highlights how we are living on borrowed time in saving social care for older people from complete collapse.

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s Charity Director said “Our new report makes for frightening reading because it shows just how fragile older people’s social care now is. Even worse, unless something changes the crisis will certainly deepen this year and next, and we think there is now a real risk of a complete collapse in social care in the worst affected areas. If this happened it would be a disaster that would threaten the health and even the lives of the older people affected. It would also greatly intensify pressures on our hospitals.”

Read the full report here >

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