Pensioners' benefits

Pensioners' benefits
Pensioners' benefits

£millions worth of pensioners’ benefits go unclaimed every year. Attendance allowance (AA) is the main benefit people don’t claim. The name doesn’t help. You don’t actually have to have somebody looking after you to qualify. The test is about help that’s reasonably required.

So if you’re struggling, but have no intention of accepting help, you could still qualify. And the great news is that it’s not means-tested. Getting AA can also help you get more of other benefits. Many people are also not getting the pension credit, housing benefit and council tax support that they should be.

Many older people are also unaware that they are protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010. So, for example, the DWP must ensure that its services are accessible and effective for older people. The Pensions Service has a home visiting team, although as with all such teams it is poorly publicised.

You can check your benefits here courtesy of Age UK.

Advice is free and if you want me to take on your case I charge 25% of any lump sum backdating of benefits or compensation for discrimination we get on a strictly no win no fee basis. So if you don't get a lump sum you don't pay anything.